War of Words
The conflicted voices of America's WWI poets spring to life in this powerful performance.
Script by Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison.
Directed by Lynne Collins, Arvada Center Artistic Director of Plays.
March 14, 2018
Black Box Theatre
World War I inspired hope, despair, anger, anxiety, patriotic fervor, and more—all of which found its way into our most intense and powerful language, the language of poetry. In “War of Words,” actors lend their voices to long-dead poets, with the aim of helping us hear them as they were: alive with conflicting passions, ideas, and beliefs shaped in response to the Great War. Audiences will find these voices not just historically intriguing, but contemporary—as if the poets are speaking both to us and for us about a war that has yet to reach its end.
The performance takes an Our Town approach, with a narrator introducing and commenting on the poets and the poems. The North American poets range from the well-known—Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Edith Wharton, for example—to the regrettably lesser known or nearly forgotten—such as Mary Borden, Louise Driscoll, and Alice Corbin Henderson.
There will be a discussion afterwards during which Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison will answer questions about the performance, the history behind it, and the role of poets and poetry in wrestling with historic events.
This event features Black Box Repertory Company members Abner Genece, Regina Fernandez, Kate Gleason, Lance Rasmussen and Zachary Andrews.