March 23rd: Ian Thal Returns

Photo by Bill Perrault

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On March 23rd, Ian Thal returns to Stone Soup for his first solo feature in five years. Thal will be performing his short, one-man play, Arlecchino Am Ravenous, a blend of literary satire and physical comedy, in which he plays Arlecchino, a clown character whose origins trace at least as far back as the masked commedia dell’arte performances of the Italian renaissance. In Arlecchino Am Ravenous, the title character is so driven by hunger, as to eat flies, his fingers, and even his own stomach, and even ravages both heaven above and hell below in search of a meal. The piece developed out of a series of improvisations inspired by Thal’s reading of Italian Nobel-Laureate, Dario Fo.

Ian Thal has performed with Bread and Puppet Theatre, was a founding member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and frequently performs with the commedia dell’arte troupe, i Sebastiani. He has taught mime and commedia at The Huntington Theatre, The Stoneham Theatre, and Open Air Circus. His poetry has appeared in such magazines as BOOM! For Real, Flash!Point, Poesy, Ibbetson Street Press, and Crooked River Press and the anthologies Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations (Andover, MA: Andover-Newton Publications), Tokens: Contemporary Poetry of the Subway (New York: P & Q Press.) and Out of the Blue Writers Unite, and the forthcoming Crude: Poetry After the Age of Oil (Columbus, OH: Pudding House Press) and has been exhibited at Boston City Hall and incorporated into a public installation at the 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival. His blog about his experiences with Bread and Puppet Theatre was recently placed on the reading list for a course at Royal Holloway, University of London. Thal studied mime from James Van Looy, with whom he co-founded Cosmic Spelunker Theater.

Thal recently composed a five-act play, Total War, which he will be presenting as a staged reading at Outpost 186 in Cambridge on April 26th.