At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Maurice Maeterlinck, August 29

AUGUST 29, 2014


Location:   Downtown Asheville NC

Time:         6:30pm - 10:30pm

On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link 
or Haywood St near Malaprops map link  
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link 
or near Wicked Weed & Mamacita's on Biltmore Ave map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of works by this 1911 Nobel Prize winning Belgian playwright, poet and essayist whose play The Blue Bird: A Fairy Play in Six Acts (1908) is a classic of the Symbolist movement in literature, and was staged for its premiere on September 30, 1980 by Constantin Stanislavski in a famous production at the Moscow Art Theater (see photo to the left).

Their selection will then be read out loud to the passerby.


In his classic poetic nature study, The Life of the Bee, Maeterlinck wrote: "No living creature, not even man, has achieved in the center of his sphere, what the bee has achieved." When it was first published, a reviewer wrote: "[In his] interest of its complex social life, the unfathomed questions of what these little creatures know and think and feel, the delicate hair line of division between reason and instinct, Maeterlinck has a theme from which he has developed a sort of prose poem full of dreamy yet subtle philosophy of life and life's mysteries."




More information about Maurice Maeterlinck can be found at Wikipedia. You can read his both his book The Life of the Bee and his play The Blue Bird online at Project Guttenberg.





TYLTYL So you are not really dead?

GRANDFATHER TYL What do you say? What is he saying? Now he's using words we don't understand. Is it a new word, a new invention?

TYLTYL The word "dead"?

GRANDFATHER TYL Yes, that was the word. What does it mean?

TYLTYL Why, it means that one's no longer alive.

GRANDFATHER TYL How silly they are, up there!

TYLTYL Is it nice here?

GRANDFATHER TYL Oh, yes; not bad, not bad; and, if one could just have a smoke.

from "The Blue Bird: A Fairy Play in Six Acts" (1908)



“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth,

man would only have four years left to live."

from The Life of the Bee (1901)

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