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Dead Poets Live

Let Us Go Then
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, September 24 at 8:00pm

Dead Poets Live

Let Us Go Then

The Dry Salvages Festival 2022

A celebration of T. S. Eliot

Let Us Go Then is a staged setting of T. S. Eliot’s poetry for two readers. It takes as its cue the continuities between some of Eliot’s major works: ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, ‘Portrait of a Lady’ and The Waste Land. Taken together, these poems tell the surprisingly coherent and dramatic story of a relationship – fractured and disconnected – between two people in spiritual crisis. Featuring Johanna Day.

September 24, 2022

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ticket Pricing

Premium Center: $100
Standard Side: $75

Johanna Day is rightly lauded for a body of work on the American stage: a double Tony Award nominee, for performances in Proof (Broadway) and Sweat (Broadway); a Drama Desk Awards nominee; recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Leading Actress in The Rainmaker; of an Obie for her performance in Appropriate; of a Drama League Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a two-time Lucille Lortel winner. She has frequently appeared in guest roles on television dramas including on Alpha House, Madam Secretary, For Life, The Blacklist, The Knick, The Americans, Masters of Sex and Royal Pains.

About

Dead Poets Live

Dead Poets Live is about putting poetry on the stage, drawing together the most exciting performers and the most inspiring venues to bring our greatest poets to new audiences. We create theater out of poems and poets. To date we have presented individual poets, poets in pairs and groups and themes, presented friends, rivals, lovers, alliances and dalliances – in whatever limit makes the poetry dramatic. Dead Poets Live has brought to the stage Byron and Shelley, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, Plath, Dickinson, Yeats, Lear, Pushkin, Stevie Smith, with performances from the likes of Glenda Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Denise Gough, Toby Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Rory Kinnear and Miranda Richardson.

About

The Dry Salvages Festival 2022

The Directors of the T. S. Eliot Foundation invite you to The Dry Salvages Festival to mark the connection between the Nobel Prize-winning poet and Gloucester, the home of his childhood summers, where he often said he was happiest. In addition to Dead Poets Live, there will be bird-watching and boat trips, tours of the Eliot house, and an art exhibition inspired by his work.

About

T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot was a modernist poet born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. Harvard and Oxford University educated, Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. According to Lyndall Gordon, Eliot’s biographer and Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, the landscape of Cape Ann had a “profound influence” on Eliot.

At the age of 25, he moved to England and became a British citizen at 39. In addition to “Four Quartets”, which includes “The Dry Salvages”, Eliot is known for poems such as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land” and the book of light verse titled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” – upon which the musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber was based.

T.S. Eliot died in London, England in 1965 leaving behind poems, plays, essays, and a legacy of being a central figure in English-language poetry.

Read more about the life and writings of T.S. Eliot throug the words of Lyndall Gordon at tseliot.com.

[Eliot’s] “family spent each summer, first in the Hawthorne Inn and then, after 1896, in a substantial house that the father, Henry Ware Eliot, built at Eastern Point. As a boy, Eliot admired the Gloucester fishermen, who put out in winter gales, faced icebergs and lived on the edge of mortality.”

Lyndall Gordon

Eliot’s biographer and Senior Research Fellow, St Hilda’s College, Oxford