Friday, June 12, 2009

e. e. cummings at the Merrimack Public Library

The library will host a performance of "Silver Lake Summers: an e. e. cummings revue" on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 pm. Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews of Portsmouth's Pontine Theatre will present this original play based on the life and work of American poet and painter e. e. cummings, who was a life-long summer resident of Joy Farm at Silver Lake in the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains.

Born in Cambridge, MA in 1894, Cummings published more that a dozen volumes of verse, as well as plays, stories, and essays. The largest collection of his papers is housed at Harvard University. The text of the play is drawn entirely from Cummings writings, along with visual motifs from his New Hampshire paintings. His boyhood summers in New Hampshire helped form his love of nature, and in adulthood, Cummings continued to live at the farm from May until October. He became an avid bird watcher and painted Mount Chocorua many times. He died at North Conway in 1962.

The Pontine Theatre was founded in 1977 and resides at The West End Studio Theatre, an intimate 50-seat theater in Portsmouth. Pontine's work combines lyrical movement, puppetry, and commedia dell'arte-style acting to bring the history, culture, and literature of New England to life. We are grateful to Merrimack Friends and Families for sponsoring this traveling performance.

Reservations for this free performance are strongly recommended by calling 424-5021 or emailing.

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