WBEZ | Frankenstein http://www.wbez.org/tags/frankenstein Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Poet Rachel Jamison Webster and filmmaker Spencer Parsons read from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-mary-shelleys <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Frankenstein1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">When you mention T.S. Eliot and then refer to texts like&nbsp;<em>The Waste Land</em>&nbsp;or his magnum opus<em>The Four Quartets</em>&nbsp;you generally elicit discomfort, anger or suspicion. The feeling is that these texts are highly revered, but off limits. The fact is they are getting dusty on the shelves of university libraries.&nbsp;<em>The Gift</em>&nbsp;Series Producer Stanzi Vaubel found that when she took them off the shelves and asked Professors Rachel Jamison Webster and Spencer Parsons to talk about and perform these texts, they began to take on a re-activated meaning that has everything to do with now.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">For the month of August&nbsp;<em>The Gift</em>&nbsp;poetry series will drop inside five literary works. These pieces are radio essays. They do not claim to be definitive or scholarly responses to these great historical texts. Instead, each piece comes out of the emotional and psychological journey taken by the listener, becoming a conversation that resonates with our own inner thoughts.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In this week&#39;s installment, Poet&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Rachel Jamison Webster</strong>&nbsp;and filmmaker&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Spencer Parsons</strong>&nbsp;read from the monster&#39;s narrative in Mary Shelley&#39;s &quot;Frankenstein.&quot;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series,&nbsp;</em><u style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">The Gift</a>&nbsp;</u><em>&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of</em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-mary-shelleys Daily Rehearsal: Raising funds for comedians without insurance http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6882998917_c24770e8af_z.jpg" style="height: 451px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="John Fox in 2011. (Flickr/LOL Comedy TV)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/275541"><em>Frankenstein </em></a></strong></span></span>opens this weekend at City Lit. You probably know what this one&#39;s about.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Zanies is giving all ticket sales</strong></span></span> in their Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont locations to the John Fox Memorial Fund on October 4. Fox was a Chicago comedian who died of complications from colon cancer in May of this year; the fund gives cancer check-ups to comedians who don&#39;t have insurance. The featured performer in Chicago is Nick Vatterott; St. Charles is Bret Ernst and Rosemont is Jimmy Schubert. You can read more about Fox <a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=John+Fox">here</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org">Writers&rsquo; Theatre</a> </strong></span></span>is adding two weeks of <em>Hamlet </em>performances, but the show will definitely close on November 25.&nbsp;</p><p>- Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709