On this week's episode Elizabeth is excited to introduce her dear friend, David Guerra, who quickly takes the reins and teaches her more about Tennessee Williams, the conquest of Mexico City, and what it means to get deeply vulnerable about family....
On this week's episode Elizabeth is excited to introduce her dear friend, David Guerra, who quickly takes the reins and teaches her more about Tennessee Williams, the conquest of Mexico City, and what it means to get deeply vulnerable about family.
Our guest David is an award winning actor, director, teacher and performing artist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and has worked and collaborated with a lot of respected institutions within Southern California, including the Center Theatre Group, the Geffen Playhouse, and the experimental physical theatre company that is Theatre Movement Bazaar (TMB). With TMB David has won Ovation Awards, traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with multiple productions, as well as toured in several cities in China. As a teaching artist, David intentionally turns every classroom into a theatre space and creates a level playing field for both the arts and academia.
While exploring The Christus of Guadalajara by Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth and David explore the themes of religion, sacrifice, and, as David puts it, the subtext of death. Come with us to investigate how the poem picks up speed, asks us to reflect on mortality, and encourages us to pay respect to our mothers.
Come listen to David share the many lenses through which he views this poem and how he believes art seeks us.
“This is the thing Elizabeth, you know, the art?... in a way instead of you seeking it seeks you. Well, I don't know if it fell in my lap... but I'm serious. I don't think I sought it.”
- David Guerra
00:00:47 Guest Introduction
00:03:14 Poem Reading (David)
00:05:55 Author Info
00:08:44 David’s Relationship to the Poem
00:23:29 Pause / Poem Reading (Elizabeth)
00:35:00 Reflection & Offering
Poem & Links:
Gitana: (noun) a Spanish female Gypsy
Lachryma Christi: literal translation is "tears of Christ" ALSO the name of a celebrated Neapolitan type of wine
Flagellation: (noun) flogging or beating, either as a religious discipline or for sexual gratification
Where to find David & TMB:
@elsrguerra | Instagram
@tmbazaar | Instagram
Where to find our host Elizabeth:
@ellsonelizabeth | Twitter
Where to find us:
@iofferpoetry | Instagram
@iofferpoetry | Twitter
Produced & Edited by John Campione: