Catch “Dolores Goes to Poetry City,” Wilbury Theatre’s Evocative New Outdoor Play

The spritely world premiere by playwright in residence, Darcie Dennigan, is based on the poetry of Farnoosh Fathi.
Dolores Poster Art

Dolores Goes to Poetry City runs from June 10 to 20.

Beginning June 10, the Wilbury Theatre Group hosts the world premiere of Dolores Goes to Poetry City by playwright-in-residence Darcie Dennigan, which is based on the poetry of Farnoosh Fathi. Performances will run outdoors through June 20 at WaterFire Arts Center.

Farnoosh Fathi is the author of Great Guns, as well as founder of the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance. Dennigan has a deeply personal relationship to Fathi and her work.

“Thirteen years ago in Vermont, I saw Farnoosh walk out of the woods and I immediately, and correctly, took her for a forest sprite,” Dennigan says. “Later, when I met her poems, they felt like a paradise to me; each one is a garden of words. Each one is a place I aspire to live.”

Darcie Dennigan By Erin X Smithers

Playwright Darcie Dennigan. (Photo credit: Erin X Smithers)

Fathi’s poems inspired much of the settings and events in Dolores Goes to Poetry City, from its impish gardens to the creatures Dolores meets along the way.

“We’re very excited to be revisiting the work of Darcie again this spring,” said Josh Short, artistic director of the Wilbury Group. “She’s the most imaginative playwright that we’ve ever worked with, and this collaboration between her and the poetry of Farnoosh Fathi is sure to be a wild ride.”

The Wilbury Theatre Group has also presented previous plays by Dennigan, including The Pleiades and RESCUE! Or, The Fish, as well as an adaptation of Mónica de la Torre’s The Happy End / All Welcome. Dennigan has also published books that explore otherworldliness and female absurdists, including Slater Orchard and The Parking Lot and Other Feral Scenarios. The playwright is the 2020 recipient of a fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Foundation, an independent organization administered by Brown University.

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