Friday / March 24, 2017 / 8 p.m.
Beowulf: The Epic in Performance
Benjamin Bagby, voice and Anglo-Saxon harp
“Hwaet!” commands the storyteller. Listen! And tremble at this fearsome tale! A millennium or more has passed since the superhero Beowulf appeared in the annals of epic poetry, yet the legend of his bare-handed conquest of the terrifying Grendel endures. As one of the world’s leading practitioners of historically informed music and theater, Benjamin Bagby dramatizes the awe-inspiring poem in the original Anglo-Saxon, while simultaneously accompanying himself on medieval harp. “Bagby mesmerized his crowd…they might as well have been children sitting around a campfire, listening to ghost stories—the theater was stone silent.” (The Mercury News, San Jose).
Is your Anglo-Saxon rusty? Ours, too. Not to worry—there will be English supertitles, and the story synopsis is available for you to download and peruse at any time.
The Albert Seip Memorial Fund Performance.