The ancient Greek hymnic tradition translated beautifully and accessibly. The hymn—as poetry, as craft, as a tool for worship and philosophy—was a vital art form throughout antiquity. Although the Homeric Hymns have long been popular, other equally important collections have not been readily accessible to students eager to learn about ancient poetry. In reading hymns, we also gain valuable insight into life in the classical world. In this collection, early Homeric Hymns of uncertain authorship appear along with the carefully wrought hymns of the great Hellenistic poet and courtier Callimachus; the mystical writings attributed to the legendary poet Orpheus, written as Christianity was taking over the ancient world; and finally, the hymns of Proclus, the last great pagan philosopher of antiquity, from the fifth century AD, whose intellectual influence throughout western culture has been profound.Greek Poems to the Gods distills over a thousand years of the ancient Greek hymnic tradition into a single volume. Acclaimed translator Barry B. Powell brings these fabulous texts to life in English, hewing closely to the poetic beauty of the original Greek. His superb introductions and notes give readers essential context, making the hymns as accessible to a beginner approaching them for the first time as to an advanced student continuing to explore their secrets. Brilliant illustrations from ancient art enliven and enrichen the experience of reading these poems.
Ulysses S. Grant faces mortality and his own failing memory in this “exciting and vivid” play by the Tony Award-winning author of Six Degrees of Separation (Michael Feingold, Village Voice).
Arthur Schlesinger calls A Few Stout Individuals “a political extravaganza.” This latest work from award-winning playwright John Guare, author of House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, addresses ideas of history and memory, fame and ignominy, reason and insanity with his trademark Guare imagination.
In a Fifth Avenue brownstone in 1880s New York, former president and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant is penniless, dying of throat cancer, and attempting to finish his memoirs while he’s cajoled and pestered by everyone from his wife and children to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and, by way of drug-induced hallucinations, the Emperor of Japan. A thoroughly original play that explores the nature of memory, ambition, and history itself, A Few Stout Individuals is “unmistakably the product of Mr. Guare’s exotic yet very American imagination” (Ben Brantley, The New York Times).
From the mind of Walter Koenig (Star Trek: The Original Series, Babylon 5) comes Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot - a science-fiction comedy unlike anything you've ever heard before! When an alien invasion annihilates most of humanity, it's up to a small pocket of survivors to restart civilization. There's just one problem: they're all losers.From an Irish pub to the Florida Everglades, from the outermost reaches of space to the innermost regions of the mind, join a rag-tag group of humans and aliens as they face the end of one way of life and the beginning of another. Packed with absurdity, pathos, wry observations about human nature, and a story that will keep you on your toes until the final word, Buck Alice is an emotional journey you'll want to take again and again. With a full-cast, a sweeping original music score, and thousands of sound effects, the award winning Colonial Radio Theatre On The Air proudly presents a black comedy with a heart that pumps slightly acidic blood. Grab a manhole cover and prepare yourself for a story that begins when all others end - Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot!
CART's faithful adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel follows young orphan Jane Eyre searching for acceptance and love from an aunt who resents and tortures her before sending her to Lowood School. There, after many trials, she learns to become an accomplished young woman. She plans to be a governess and advertises in a country newspaper, leading to a job as a teacher to a French orphan. In this position, she meets Mr. Rochester, beginning a love story, filled with passion and anguish.
STARRING: SAMANTHA EGGAR as Jane Eyre, MICHAEL YORK as Edward Rochester, BEVERLY GARLAND as Mrs. Reed, HELENA CARROLL as Mrs. Fairfax, IAN AMBERCROMBE as Mr. Brocklehurst, LINDA HENNING as Young Jane Eyre, CAITLIN SHANNON as Helen Burns, AMELIA WHITE as Bessie and The Cumberlin Girl, FRANCISCA BEACH as Ms. Abbott and Ms. Miller, MARTY MAGUIRE as Young John Reed and Mr. Mason, THOMAS MacGREEVY as The Apothecary, The Priest and The Butler; SEAN McCLORY as Colonel Den; AND CART's Announcer, JOHN HARLAN.
There have been thousands of books written about William Shakespeare in the last four hundred years. But very few about his formative years in Stratford – upon – Avon in Warwickshire.
His date of birth in 1564 is known from the parish records of The Holy
Trinity Church in Stratford as are the births of his daughter Elizabeth in 1583, his twins Hamnet and Judith in 1585 and his burial in 1616. In the Worcester Cathedral Diocese records, there is an entry for a special licence in November 1582 for the marriage of William Shakespeare to Anne Whatley. This appears to be a mistake as it was amended to Anne Hathaway. It would appear from the inscription on Anne Hathaway's grave in the Holy Trinity Church that she was eight years older than William. Because of the dearth of any further documentation until the first reference to a play by him in London in 1592 the years until this date are referred to by academia as the Lost Years. Besides being a self-employed glover his father was a long-time servant of the town council, eventually becoming High Bailiff; so William would have been entitled to attend the King Edward VI grammar school where he would have been taught Latin and Rhetoric. His father ran into financial difficulties when he was about thirteen years of age when he would have had to leave school. The idea for this book came from reading E.A.J. Honigmann's book Shakespeare; 'The Lost Years' in which he makes a strong case for him spending time in Lancashire as a teacher; and Mark Eccles's book, Shakespeare in Warwickshire which is a mine of detailed information on Shakespeare's contemporaries in Stratford. It was the short step from reading these books, and many more, to imagining his life as a boy: through his teenage years, thinking about girls and wondering about his future. The healthy interest in sex he shows
in his plays as an adult would no doubt have been stimulated by encounters in his teenage years. My story ends with his marriage to Anne Hathaway and his eventual escape to London.
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