Dell’Arte International (DAI) presents Bird of the Inner Eye, a series of readings
from the letters of painter Morris Graves (1910 – 2001). The three readings are at Dell’Arte’s
Carlo Theatre (Nov. 15), Eureka’s Black Faun Gallery (Nov. 17), and the Arcata Playhouse (Nov.
25). All performances are at 7 PM, with admission by donation.
Dell’Arte’s Joan Schirle conducts the readings, sourced from Graves’ letters and
archives, with a cast of Dell’Arte Company members and local actors. This “theatre of place”
event includes dance improvisations by choreographer and DAI faculty member Laura Muñoz.
“I became fascinated by Graves as a resister,” said Schirle. “During WWII he spent 11
months in the stockade at Camp Roberts, California, for refusing to join the army. He resisted
not only war, he resisted the degradation of our planet and the deadening of our senses to
beauty. Through painting he communicated his anguish over the loss of our humanity as we
plunder the earth. He inspires me to ask myself as an artist, how I can best take part in
resistance using the gifts I have?”