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Red Hen Press at Boston Court Performing Arts CenterDate: Oct 21st, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Featuring readings with Sean Bernard and Jessica Piazza. Nicelle Davis will be performing her two-act play, On the Island of Caliban.
$10 - General
$5 - Students & Seniors
Sean Bernard lives and teaches creative writing in Southern California, where he serves as Fiction Editor for The Los Angeles Review and also edits the journal Prism Review. He holds degrees from Arizona, Oregon State, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Epoch, CutBank, LIT, Glimmer Train, and Sequestrum. His debut collection, Desert sonorous, won the 2014 Juniper Prize, and he’s won grants and other awards from groups including Oregon Literary Arts, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers, and, in 2012, a literary fellowship from the NEA. Studies in the Hereafter (Red Hen Press, 2015) is his first novel.
Jessica Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BS in Journalism from Boston University, an MA in Creative Writing from the UT Austin, and is a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, is a contributing editor at The Offending Adam, and has blogged for The Best American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Her work has appeared in Agni, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, National Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Hobart, and Forklift, Ohio, among other journals. She is the winner of the 2011 A Room of Her Own Foundation To the Lighthouse Publication Prize. Interrobang is her first collection of poems. Her chapbook, This is not a sky, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014.
Nicelle Davis’s latest collection of poems, In the Circus of You, is available from Rose Metal Press, and The Walled Wife is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2016. She is Editor at Large of The Los Angeles Review and has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, MHA, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. She is the recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship.
"On the Island of Caliban" is a brand new play-in-verse continuing William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Focusing on the character of Caliban, this modern language deconstruction of the bards classic text, presents an “everyman” Caliban for today’s society; Caliban tackles universal experience by exploring the realities of what left him/her alone on the island.
Split into five separate personae, and played by many genders, ages, or races, Caliban, is kept company by malevolent stage directions, Ariel’s chastising severed-tongue, and his personal revelations. In the disillusioned states of dreaming, memory, and illness, Caliban discovers the truth and himself/herself.
Rounding out the cast of players is a withered forgetful Prospero, a silenced domesticated suburban Ariel, and a tortured Miranda—all longing for something other than what they bargained for.
Through emails, mixed media, imaginative design, and poetics, "On the Island of Caliban" violently thrashes after The Tempest to look unflinchingly at the damage left after the Shakespeare’s storm.