Performer Beth Amsbary at Sou'wester Saturday

Performer Beth Amsbary at Sou'wester Saturday

SEAVIEW - On Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m., the Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview will welcome back playwright and performer Beth Amsbary for the third time.

Poignantly apt at this time, her performance,"Widening Rings of Being: The Poetry of Rumi," will feature the poetry of one of the most popular poets in the United States today, ironically, a 13th century Islamic mystic Jelahuddin Rumi. His stories relate encounters with the divine bursting into ordinary life.

The event features the translations of Coleman Barks, performed by Amsbary, in playful duet with musician Patrick Shaw.

Barks, whose translations have been credited with bringing Rumi's works to their current popularity, was featured on Bill Moyers' poetry series on public television. His free verse translations bring the ancient texts into vivid light, liberating a timely voice for contemporary western audiences.

Amsbary is a theater artist whose work is centered in exploration of artistic language, spiritual practice and political analysis. She has been a visiting artist for the Frick Art and Historic Center, and offered residencies at the University of Illinois and the University Congregational Church. In addition, she was founding artistic director for the Seattle Public Theater and currently is on faculty for Taproot Theater Company's Acting Studio. Her original theater pieces have appeared across the United States.

The public is welcome to this performance and complimentary light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is by donation to a charity which serves local children and youth by offering them the arts as a profoundly meaningful experience.

Because of limited seating advance reservations are advised. For information and reservations, call the Sou'wester at 642-2542.

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