Robert Frost: This Verse Business
Robert Frost returns to the stage on September 26 to 28, at the Dorset Theatre Festival. Frost’s poetry will be heard afresh and his great wit witnessed once more in a performance by Emmy Award-winning actor Gordon Clapp of NYPD Blue, in A.M. Dolan’s ’This Verse Business.’
For nearly 50 years Robert Frost ‘barded’ around the country with his poetry, dry wit and ‘promises to keep,’ performing from memory some of the greatest verse in the English canon and sharing his beliefs and ‘wild surmises’ on religion, science, conservatives, radicals, rhyme, free-verse … whatever was on his mind. Partly based on these public performances, ’This Verse Business’ not only gives us Robert Frost, the rascally wit of the platform, but also Frost at his cabin, alluding to family and to his relationship with art.
Saturday, September 28, there will be a special Talk Back with the actor and playwright directly following the performance. Joining them will be Carole Thompson, director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, Lea Newman, Frost scholar and author of ‘Robert Frost: The People, Places, and Stories Behind His New England Poetry,’ and David Nichols, museum Board member, Frost scholar and aficionado.
“Gordon Clapp gives the performance of a lifetime in this seamless and vibrant play, full of passion, humor and New England wit and charm. A great way for DTF to end its 2013 Season,” says Artistic Director Dina Janis.
Performances will be at 8, Thursday through Saturday, September 26 to 28, with a special student matinee on Thursday at 11. Adult tickets are $25, student tickets are $13; both are available by calling the box office at 802-867-2223 or online at dorsettheatrefestival.org.