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Three Poets - Full Length Play

Three Poets

Romulus Linney

Full Length Play

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822211419

Three women who were astonishing poets are the subjects of this trio o…

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Three women who were astonishing poets are the subjects of this trio of linked short plays. Ono no Komachi (Japan, 9th century), Hrosvitha (Gandersheim, Saxony, 10th century), and Anna Akhmatova (USSR, 20th century) fight for their lives and their work. KOMACHI duels with the Prince Shoso, making her verses out of their conflict, until she meets a brutal end. HROSVITHA has her play acted before Mother Superior and a censoring monk, who have a furious battle over her work and leave her to decide how dedicated a poet she is. AKHMATOVA is summoned to the Kremlin upon the death of Stalin and must resist the ruthless Commissar's search for the words of her masterpiece, which has been committed to her memory and to the memories of her trusted friends.
First presented by the Theater for the New City in New York, these three swift dramas are lyrical, literate and exciting, together making an evening as enchanting as it is unusual. "…dramatizes the timeless tension between the physical and the political power of men and the spiritual and intellectual power of women." —7 Days. "…ripples with poetic intensity…in a time of repression, each artist survived as a secret genius…" —NY Times.


2m, 3f

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney was the author of three novels, many short stories, and forty plays, staged throughout the United States and abroad. They include The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, Childe Byron, Heathen Valley, 2, and a stage adaptation of Ernest Gaines' novel, A Lesson Before Dying.He won two OBIE awards, one for Sustained Excellence in Playwriting, two National Critics Awards, three ... view full profile

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