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Robert Frost: This Verse Business
Drawn directly from Robert Frost's lectures, interviews, and letters, "This Verse Business" is both an illuminating portrait of the man and an entertaining distillation of one poet's body of work and his writing methods. Gordon Clapp brings Frost to life in this captivating testament to the intrinsic value of poetry and the arts. Audiences will leave moved and inspired.
Perhaps the most widely read poet of the twentieth century in the United States, Robert Frost returns to the stage in A.M. Dolan's, "This Verse Business." Played by Emmy winning actor Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue's Detective Greg Medavoy), Frost's poetry is heard afresh; and his great wit witnessed once more in Clapp's critically acclaimed performance.
For fifty years, Robert Frost "barded" around the country giving "talks," performing his poems, and sharing his beliefs and "wild surmises" on religion, science, conservatives, radicals, rhyme, free-verse-whatever was on his mind. This talent for talk only added to the unprecedented fame he achieved. The first poet ever to recite at a presidential inaugural (JFK's), he quipped, "What began in obscurity is ending in a blaze of publicity." Partly based on these public appearances, "This Verse Business" not only gives us Frost, the rascally wit of the platform, but also Frost at home, the private man alluding to his family and speaking about his relationship with art.
Best known as the Emmy-winning actor who charmed audiences of 12 season as Detective Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue, for which he received an Emmy award, Gordon Clapp has enjoyed a distinguished career in television, film, and theater. In 1979, his career in film and television was launched with a leading role in the John Sayles cult hit, The Return of the Secaucus Seven. In 2005, he received a Tony nomination for his role as Dave Moss in the all-star Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." Since 2008, he has been working with playwright A. M. Dolan on the play "This Verse Business," a one-man show about poet Robert Frost.
"The poet lives and breathes in Clapp's performance." —Lowell Sun