Roundup: 7/13-7/14

Last year:
– Lived in Łódź
– Taught English and creative writing, as well as documentary theater and a class on hybrid forms (comic books, etc.) at the University of Łódź.
– Greatest accomplishment: obtaining Polish residency/work permit.
– Wrote many drafts of many operas. Of which more, shortly.

I started a series called “A Polish Theater Cookbook” at HowlRound.com and got through the first six posts, linked below. More of this is forthcoming. Also wrote about Teatr Cinema for NITENews. See “Writing” for links.


A GAME OF HEARTS at Opera America in NY
Many performances of THE LORELEI, THE ALBATROSS, AND THE PINE-TREE by ParOct and MOVEIUS in Baltimore/DC

In the first LULABAJKI, one GILGAMESZ, one PIEŚNI ŚWIATA, and two BACHANTKIs with Chorea Theater in Łódź. Another GILGAMESZ is coming up soon at the Retro//Per//Spectives festival in August.

Things in progress:
PENNY at Washingtonian Nat’l Operalia: (American Opera Initiative commission) many drafts written. You can now buy tickets. It will happen on Jan 23 and 24, 2015.

Things remain:

To be seen.

There, now we’re all caught up.




Parallel Octave presents “Home Burial,” a site-specific spectacle based on poems from Robert Frost’s “North of Boston,” at the Homewood House Museum on the JHU campus, on Thursday, August 1st, at 5:30 PM. Admission free but reservations *required*; admission is extremely limited. Call 410-516-5589 to make reservations. Facebook event here.

Reception, 5:30-6PM: free refreshments and live music.
6 PM: Performance.

With Jeff Colosino, Chris Geekie, Richard Goldberg, Maddie Hicks, Connor Kizer, Sandy Koll, Kevin Moreno, Bruce Nelson, Lauren Reding, Natalie Ware, the Parallel Octave Chorus, and JHU Summer Programs students from Theater & Music Lab.

Special guest performance by Megan Ihnen and Katherine Magruder: selections from Ralph Vaughn Williams’s “Ten Blake Songs.”

With video projection designs by students from the “Auteur 101” class in the Film & Media Studies Program at JHU, under the direction of Mónica López-González.

Poems: “Home Burial,” “Death of the Hired Man,” “The Wood Pile,” “Mending Wall,” “The Fear,” “A Servant to Servants,” and “After Apple-Picking.”

The Homewood House Museum is located on the circular lawn at Charles/33rd, at the front of the JHU campus. If you are standing facing the front of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the Museum is the building directly to your right.


ANTHOLOGY III at the Creative Alliance, Monday, July 29


On Monday, July 29, at the Creative Alliance, the Parallel Octave Chorus and students from “Auteur 101: Short Film Laboratory” @ JHU will present the third annual screening of short films based on poems.


a compilation of short videos
based on the the poetry of William Blake, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson, Alan Seeger, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Stephen Crane, Pierre Reverdy, and more!

Admission: FREE

Date: Monday, July 29, 7 PM
refreshments available for purchase at 6.30

Location: The Creative Alliance
at The Patterson
(3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD 21224
www.creativealliance.org / 410/276-1651)

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/597582366931109/
CA site: http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2013/anthology-iii

Sample student film, Catherine Wityk’s “To See A World” (based on a fragment of William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience”):

The screening will be followed by a live improvisation / collaboration session with the audience, where we read aloud poems with live acoustic music. Free kazoos, noisemakers, and other sound-generating items will be distributed to all of the audience–or you are welcome to bring your own instruments!

The Parallel Octave Chorus and student performers from JHU Summer’s Theater & Music Lab will be providing more musical mayhem.

***Also featuring a special guest film by Polish artists Marta Ostajewska and Justyna Apolinarzak.***

Screening made possible due to the generous support of the following Hopkins departments and programs:
Summer Programs,
Film & Media Studies,
Writing Seminars,
Homewood Arts,
and the Brown Foundation Digital Media Center.

Course blog: http://auteur101.wordpress.com/
Email contact: paralleloctave@gmail.com


Pictures from “End of the Line” at Artscape

Images from the reading of “End of the Line” at Single Carrot Theater at Artscape, on Sunday, July 21, 2013. With live music by the Parallel Octave Chorus and JHU Summer and Pre-College participants in Theater & Music Lab, and with slide projections designed by “Auteur 101: Short Film Laboratory” summer students, under the guidance of Baltimore filmmaker Meg Rorison.


We also had the opportunity to hold a workshop with the audience before our reading, and teach them some of the songs and choruses from the play.


More pictures:
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