This year marks the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville's birth and the 100th anniversary of his revival. As Jill Lepore writes in the July 29 issue of The New Yorker, "Born in 1819, he (Melville) died in 1891, forgotten, only to be rediscovered around the centennial of his birth in 1919. Since then, his fame has known no bounds, his reputation no rest, his life no privacy."
On Monday evening, September 9, actor Stephen Collins will present Sailing Towards My Father a one-man play, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The program is 65 minutes, with Q and A to follow.
Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, MA and received a BA in Literature from U Mass Boston. After 20-plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves— performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout the country.
We won’t be able to produce Herman Melville live for you, but Stephen Collins is about as close as anyone can come.
Don’t miss it!