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February 1, 1995

Actor Anthony Zerbe Will Appear in "It's All Done With Mirror's", A Program Celebrating e.e. Cummings

On Thursday, March 2, at 6:45 p.m., Emmy Award-winning actor Anthony Zerbe will present "It's All Done with Mirrors," a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet e. e. cummings. The program, described as "an avalanche of cummings' poetry and prose," will be in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. It is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund and Poetry In Motion. To obtain free general-admission tickets, call (202) 707-5394, and leave a message, including address and daytime telephone number.

Anthony Zerbe, who received an Emmy Award for his role as Lt. Trench in the television series "Harry-O," has worked extensively in television, film and theater. His other television roles include that of Teaspoon Hunter in the series "The Young Riders," and range from appearances on such classic series as "Gunsmoke," "Mission Impossible," "Bonanza," and "Columbo" to "Under Suspicion," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Tales from the Crypt." Mr. Zerbe's major film appearances include roles in "The Turning Point," "Rooster Cogburn," "The Laughing Policeman," "Papillon," "Cool Hand Luke," "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," "Hear No Evil, See No Evil," and "License to Kill." He has appeared on several television movies-of-the-week, including "Treasure Island," "North and South: Part 1," and "Ari: The Richest Man in the World." Mr. Zerbe's stage work includes appearances on Broadway and off-Broadway stages and with leading resident theaters across the country. His Broadway appearances include roles in "Terra Nova," "Solomon's Child," "The Little Foxes," and "Moon Besieged." For five summer seasons Mr. Zerbe was in residence at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where his roles included Coriolanus, Iago, Richard III, and Macbeth. His many artistic residencies include two years with the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., a season at the Stratford Festival in Canada, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and the Huntington Theatre in Boston. For five years, he was the artistic director of "REFLECTIONS: A New Plays Festival" in Rochester, New York, and he is widely respected for his work as a director of new plays.

Mr. Zerbe has performed "It's All Done with Mirrors" in many theaters and colleges throughout the United States. At Harvard University, he presented the program on October 14, 1994, the 100th anniversary of E. E. Cummings's birth. This spring he and actor Roscoe Lee Browne are touring the United States in their two-person show, an anthology of poetry in performance titled "Behind the Broken Words."

e. e. cummings (1894-1962) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of a Congregationalist minister, who also taught English and social ethics at Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard in 1915 and earning his masters degree in literature there in 1916, he began to write poetry. Influenced by the work of Ezra Pound, he began to innovate, manipulating language and typography to offer new ways of presenting poetry on the page; his first poems were published in THE DIAL in 1920. Cummings's collections of poetry are TULIPS & CHIMNEYS (1922), IS 5 (1926), HIM (1927), W (1931), and 1/20:POEMS (1936). In 1938, his COLLECTED POEMS appeared, and a volume of selected poems, POEMS, 1923-1954, in 1954.

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PR 95-018
ISSN 0731-3527

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