One Yellow Rabbit - Sylvia Plath Must Not Die

From Calgary • At The Vertigo Playhouse

Sylvia PlathHigh-society party poets, with passions as fiery as their verse.

Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, two of the 20th century’s most prolific and complex literary figures, are inexorably linked, as much by their mutual zeal for life as by their infamous deaths.

They met in a poetry class, but their friendship flared over martinis at the Ritz, where they spilled stories of psychiatry and suicide, delighting in a mutual disdain for taboo. Their insatiable appetites, sexual and intellectual, defied straitjacketed social norms and their prescribed roles as mothers and wives. Together, their writing sparked a revolution in American poetry, bringing personal confession to the forefront of verse by pounding frustration and turmoil onto typewritten pages.

In their newest original work, the award-winning One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble invites audiences on a voyeuristic journey to another era, where cocktails are swilled and conflicted souls are expressed in a cathartic torrent of ink and emotion. Using the text of Plath and Sexton as a springboard, they tackle themes of power, madness, extinction and survival, presenting poetry as it should be: fierce, fervent and devastating.

Entering the tower of my fears,
I shut my door on that dark guilt,
I bolt the door, each door I bolt.
Blood quickens, gonging in my ears:

The panther’s tread is on the stairs,
Coming up and up the stairs.

- Sylvia Plath, from “Pursuit”

  • Director: Blake Brooker
  • Assistant Director: David Van Belle
  • Staging: Denise Clarke
  • Sound Design: Richard McDowell
  • Production Manager/Lighting Design: Scott Baier
  • Fiona Kennedy - Production Coordinator
  • Stage Manager: Gina Puntil
  • Denise Clarke – Anne Sexton
  • Andy Curtis – Kayo Sexton
  • Onalea Gilbertson – Sylvia Plath
  • Michael Green – Ted Hughes
More on the performance here - includes video clips

Show Information:

Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM - Admission: $22

Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30 PM - Admission: $22

Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 PM - Admission: $25

Friday, January 11 at 9:30 PM - Admission: $30

Saturday, January 12 at 9:30 PM - Admission: $30

At The Vertigo Playhouse Theatre: 9 Ave. & Centre St. S.E.
(below the Calgary Tower)

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Curated by Michael Green

Managing Producer: Stephen Schroeder

One Yellow Rabbit are celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2008
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