Emerson Cultural Series continues with Timm and the Greeks

“Remembering the Greeks” will be the topic of the next Emerson Cultural Series event April 15 in Sister Bay, presented by Door County author and playwright, Henry Timm.

“There was nothing the ancient Greeks did not poke their noses into, no experience they shunned, no problem they did not attempt to solve. Whatever we experience in our day, whatever we hope to learn, whatever we most desire, whatever we set out to find, we see the Greeks have been there before us, and we meet them on their way back.” So ends Thomas Cahill’s meditation on our Greek forefathers, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea; Why the Greeks Matter. Indeed, the Greek presence in our lives is still so relevant that new translations of their words continue to appear. In this presentation, Timm will share some “Cahill” moments from the Greek literary legacy, moments that will show how much we share of war, reconciliation, even redemption with our ancient brothers and sisters.

Timm moved to Door County in the early ‘90s as he says “mostly to get away from the theater.” But five years ago he was drawn back to his former career to direct a production of Sonnets to the Beast his verse adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Since then he has been involved in directing several works for the Isadoora Theater Company. He is directing Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor April 3 – 13 at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.

Timm has written more than one hundred original plays, translations or adaptations for theater, television and film, including the books and lyrics for more than a dozen full-length musicals. Theater is a passion for him as it feeds directly into his commitment to myth, metaphysics and the role of the arts in the human enterprise. He has taught and directed extensively and currently also serves as co-editor of the Pulse Literary Pages.

The Emerson series is held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 269 Koessl Lane (off Country Walk Dr.), Sister Bay. "Remembering the Greeks" will begin at 7:30 pm April 15. Tickets are available at the door for $10, $5 for students. A reception will follow. The last Emerson event will be held May 27 featuring two Door County favorites: mezzo-soprano Cynthia Stiehl and pianist Judy Jackson performing “Songs of Scandinavia and the British Isles.”

For more information call 920.854.7559.