ABOUT THE POET:
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Christina Rossetti was the youngest child in an extraordinarily gifted family. Her father, the Italian poet and political exile Gabriele Rossetti, immigrated to England in 1824 and established a career as a Dante scholar and teacher of Italian in London. He married the half-English, half-Italian Frances Polidori in 1826. By her sixteenth birthday Christina, who was regarded as the poet in the family, had written more than fifty poems that were transcribed into a notebook by her sister. In 1847 a collection of her poems, titled Verses, which was privately printed by her grandfather Polidori. “Goblin Market,” with its theme of a fallen woman being saved by a “sister,” can also be seen as informed by Rossetti’s experiences at the St. Mary Magdalene Penitentiary. Her interest in this topic reflects the Victorian concern about prostitution as a social evil. Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics. Her poetry is marked by symbolism and intense feeling and Goblin Market and Other Poems, published in 1862 is Rossetti’s best-known work. The collection established Rossetti as a significant voice in Victorian poetry.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
TERESA THUMAN (STC Founder/Producing Artistic Director) Teresa founded Sound Theatre Company in 2006, for which she has directed productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Holiday of Errors, School for Lies, Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, The Illusion, The Foreigner, Pygmalion, Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Top Girls, The Last Five Years, The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Mans Land and The Belle of Amherst. Other local directing credits include Othello, Henry VIII, The Bacchae, As You Like It, King John (GreenStage); Opera Workshop, A Little Night Music, Big Fish, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Down In The Valley, Sweeney Todd, Dido And Aeneas, Working, She Loves Me, Into the Woods, The Impresario (Shoreline CC); The Underpants, The 39 Steps (Mount Baker Theatre), Pericles (Cornish College of the Arts); Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, High Society, My Way (Seattle Civic Light Opera); HAIR, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, The Who’s Tommy, Noises Off, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, Secret Garden (Bainbridge Performing Arts); Miracle Worker, Tartuffe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver! (Driftwood Players); The Book of Nathan (Theater Schmeater) and numerous new-work projects and festivals. Teresa has taught at UW School of Drama PATP, UNC Chapel Hill, Shoreline Community College, Cornish College, George Fox University, Allan Hancock College, Freehold ETI and served eight years as an Artist-in-Residence at PCPA Theatrefest. She holds an MFA in Directing from University of Portland and a BFA in Acting from Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.