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IMPRESSIONS LEFT BY THIS VERSE BUSINESS


IMPRESSIONS LEFT BY THIS VERSE BUSINESS


On the surface This Verse Business is, as Anthony Geehan from NE Theatre Geek notes, “very simple.” The set for most of the play is nothing more than a curtain. However it’s when you dive deeper that you notice nothing about what Frost is saying is simplistic. Much as how the set opens into an intricate compilation of past homes and a subtle moonscape, Frost’s words ignite the imaginations of his listeners.


Recently in our offices we have been discussing the impact that the play has had on us. We realized that some were quite profound, so we’ve put together some stories to share with you. “Every show that is presented here compels me go online to learn more.” Laurie Seluk, our Patron Services Manager explains “After seeing MRT’s production, I went online to learn more about his family.” This is a common reaction in the office. Alison Crane, Box Office Manager says that she once memorized poetry when she was younger. As she grew older she slowly neglected poetry, but seeing Gordon perform has actually inspired her to begin memorizing it again.

Written and designed by Ryan AxfordFor some staff, hearing Frost speak has driven them to try writing. Marketing Associate Ryan Axford gave poetry a shot again after having not written for nearly a decade. After seeing the show, Ryan wrote “Shatter Proof.” “I remember in college we would listen to our professor read poetry before we began writing prose. I haven’t written any poetry since early in high school, but hearing it from who sincerely feels like Frost himself has peaked my interest again.” For Ryan, poetry has kindled a new interest in design, not only of word construction, but artistic design utilizing text. You can see exactly what he means by following the link on the side.


Some were more inspired to read than to write. Media Manager Mallory Johnston has found herself at the library checking out Frost’s works. She wrote a longer piece that we will be posting tomorrow, but she says that along with running with the compulsion to read more, she has also been fighting the desire to become part of the play. “I frequently fought the urge to ask Frost questions during the show, and more importantly, the urge crawl up on the stage, sit on the porch swing beside him and stare at the stars.” You can read more of Mallory’s reaction to the play tomorrow.


Over the coming days we will be posting stories from our staff on the impressions left with them. We hope that upon reading these that you will join us for a magical night of listening to Frost, and if you have already seen the show, you can post a comment here, or send them to us at Ryan.Axford@MerrimackRep.org. If it’s alright with you we will post them on our blog for others to read.

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