Special Event – T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Quintessence Theatre Group proudly presents

Figure of Speech Theatre’s

recitation of

T.S. Eliot’s


with John Farrell

November 28th – December 2nd, 2012

In a performance that “embodies an exquisite existential tension suspended between self and poetry,” John Farrell’s recitation of  T. S. Eliot’s poetic masterwork brings us into the calm eye of Eliot’s turbulent philosophical and religious questing. Deeply concerned with humankind’s approach to the divine, Four Quartets is an extended meditation on our existence within and without the flux of time and place, where our ultimate goal is “to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

The experience affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in these one thousand lines of poetry, spoken from memory, and renew their understanding of one the 20th century’s most exceptional poets.

Four Quartets will be presented November 28 – December 2nd. Performances take place Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

General Admission tickets are $15. Student tickets are $10. For tickets click here.

JOHN FARRELL graduated from Yale with a degree in American Indian history and briefly attended the University of Maine Law School before choosing to be an artist. He co-founded Figures of Speech Theatre in 1982 after discovering that his love of poetry and sculpture and his wife Carol’s love of dance and design could be brought together in the puppet theater. Together they forged a unique vision of performance incorporating puppets and actors, shadows and masks. Mr. Farrell has studied directing for the puppet theatre with Josef Krofta of DRAK Theatre, and carving with Toru Saito, Japanese master puppet builder. He has worked as an artist-in-residence at Trinity College, Bates College, Colby College, and at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In 1999 he was one of five American artists awarded a Creative Artists’ Program Fellowship from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, allowing him to spend six months in Japan studying Japanese theater and gardens. That opportunity led to his founding of  hanamichi design, where he creates Japanese-inspired gardens for clients throughout New England. He is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and the New England Theater Conference’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theater. Mr. Farrell lives with his wife Carol and daughters Delia and Alida in a perpetually 250-year-old farmhouse in Maine.