Poet James Merrill (1926-1995) won every U.S. poetry prize a writer could dream of: the Glascock Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award for Poetry (twice). His Stonington, Conn., apartment where he spent many summers is lovingly maintained just as he left it, and houses both a museum and writer-in-residence program. But have you head a Merrill poem lately? The Seattle-based Endangered Species Project thinks you should: ESP is staging “Foliage of Vision,” described as a “one-act play of movement, poetry and sight derived from early poems” of Merrill. See it at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Dec. 7-10, at the University of Washington Penthouse Theater. Lauded local actor Charles Leggett will appear, directed by Andrew McGinn. Performances are free.
The Endangered Species Project, a group of local actors whose motto is “hear the plays you seldom see,” staged the first of its monthly readings in February 2011. The ESP returns to its reading schedule on Dec. 17 with “My Three Angels,” by Sam and Bella Spewack, at North Seattle Community College.