News: Single Onion #102

2013-02-21 00:00:AM ago by emilie.parks

Single Onion #102
Thursday, February 21st

Upon walking in to the UBU Lounge, Patrick Horner notifies me that a poem contest based on The Apology by playwright Darrah Teitel is underway. I quickly scribble a poem based on a scene wherein Mary Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and Claire Clairemont discuss the politics of shrinking cock and women who know how to climax.

While I stumbled over my freshly ratcheted "MacGyver"ish poem , the three other contestants' poems were probing, magical, and quietly outé. After Adrienne Adams' poem won her two tickets to see The Apology, Eugene Stickland took the stage.

With special guest actors Trevor Leigh, Grant Linneberg, and Laura Parken on hand to read script excerpts, Stickland expressed the challenges of getting scripts performed due to cultural differences between Calgary and Toronto. Using dialogue between two bothers discussing their mother's death he showed the possibilities of playwright as poet and philosopher through characters. Stickland finished off the night with several vespertine poems and sent us on our way.

The Apology, March 8 - April 6, 2013, Alberta Theatre Projects
“Truth is always strange – stranger than fiction” - Lord Byron
It is 1814. Young Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and Claire Clairemont retreat to a castle to write poetry, make love, do drugs, and try to invent a new way of being alive. In this funny, hot-blooded, live-wire portrayal by newcomer Darrah Teitel, Romantic tradition is ripped wide open to unleash a group of anarchic, love-crazed, foul-mouthed teens – who also happen to be geniuses.

Single Onion
Poetry and Performance – The Single Onion is Calgary’s longest-running spoken word series, bringing Canada’s finest poets to the stage at UBU Bistro. We hold our events the third Thursday of each month, and often feature an open microphone!

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