A story of humanity coming together in universal peace.
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Apollo's Troupe on Encore Michigan - Auditions Thursday, March 14. 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
Seeking three actors for "Apollo's Troupe." Actors must live within the greater Detroit Metropolitan Area. Please do not apply if you live in another state.
Three actors to revive the storytelling role of the ancient Greek rhapsode, playing multiple principal characters and supporting vignettes for Don Quixote, Rocinante, Black Elk, Chief Seattle, Du Fu, Merlin, Queen Mab, Druid, Sappho, Jane Austen, Virgil, Demodokus, Squire, Robert Hayden, Fairy Queen, Rumi, Tagore, Vyasa, Tolstoy, Blake, Job, Borges, Sogolon, Mbeku, etc. 12 performances April through at least July 20, 2019. (Most of the roles are relatively short, one to three pages or so, woven together with narrative by the forth principal character, the Poet of the Moon.)
Synopsis: Apollo calls all the poets of the nations, ancient and modern, East and West, to assemble on the moon to consult on the meaning of modern life. The Parliament of Poets sends the main character, the Poet of the Moon, on a Journey to the seven continents to learn from all of the spiritual and wisdom traditions of humankind. On Earth and on the moon, the poets teach a new global, universal vision of life.
Thirty years in the making, set partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, and around the world. Apollo's Troupe blends the ancient Greek rhapsode's performance of Homer with the modern style of readings by authors such as Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe into a new experimental epic form of dramatic storytelling for a contemporary audience. The two and a half hour theatre script version of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem presents a selection of forty major characters, mostly poets from major civilizations and religions. The nearly 300-page book would probably take eight to ten hours to perform in its entirety. Hence, in terms of touring, a wide variety of presentations for local theatre audiences is possible, based on culture, country, spiritual outlook, etc.
NOTE major theme this year: July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Much of The Parliament of Poets takes place at the Apollo 11 landing site. Following Homer's "catalogue of ships," one canto evokes and honors the many rocket ships and astronauts of the space age, including the Apollo missions.
"Like a story around a campfire." —The Audience
"Certainly wowed the crowd with the performance and the words themselves." —Albany Poets News, New York
"A masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Poetry Cornwall, No. 36, England, UK
"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature." —Hans
Ruprecht, Carleton University, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges, etc.
"Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour." —Transnational Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
"A profound spiritual message for humanity." —Alan Jacobs, Poet Writer Author, London, UK
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