POETS' THEATRE
Christ Church Parish House and various venues, Cambridge
1950 - 1968
various venues
1987 - present

Edward Gorey was a founding member of the Poets' Theatre, among them John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, V. R. Lang, Alison Lurie, William Matchett, Thornton Wilder and William Carlos Williams. Gorey designed sets for their first play - Frank O'Hara's one-man show "Try, Try" in 1951. Gorey's illustration, seen to the right, has since been the theater's logo.

Experimental plays were staged until their Cambridge venue burned down in 1968. After allowing the ashes cool for almost 20 years, members of the Poets' Theatre threw a commemorative party, a memorial ceremony, in 1986. Gorey called it "A Wake" on the announcement poster. However, not all life was extinquished from the fire eighteen years previous, and in 1987, the Poets' Theatre began anew. It continues today.

Visit the Poets' Theatre page at Brandeis University Department of Philosophy by Andrew Teuber

TRY! TRY!
by Frank O'Hara
1951

THE SINISTER TEDDY BEAR, A SINISTER PLAY
1952

The Poet's Theatre Program Cover Illustration
The Poet's Theater Program 1986 Celebration poster
The Poet's Theater Program Billing