BEASTS OF LOVE by C. K. Williams

directed by Robert Sandberg
Monday, February 24th at 8:00 PM, in the Art Museum

In Williams’ brutal, lyrical retelling of the story of Phaedra, Hippolytus and Theseus; Aphrodite roams the stage, arousing human passions leading Theseus to give into his rage and condemn Phaedra and Hippolytus inexorably to their doom. The tragic results warn us to respect, to bow to, the complex, untamable, merciless force that is love or suffer the inevitable fate.



C. K. Williams’ most recent book of poems, Writers Writing Dying, was published in 2012, as was a new book of essays, In Time: Poems, Poets, and the Rest.  His previous book of poetry, Wait, came out in 2010, as did a study of Walt Whitman, On Whitman. 

His Collected Poems appeared in 2006, and he has previously published a number of other books of poetry, including Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing, which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987.  His next book, All At Once, will be published in the spring of 2014.

He has published translations of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, Euripides’ Bacchae, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others.  His book of essays, Poetry and Consciousness, appeared in 1998, and a memoir, Misgivings, in 2000. 

Among his other recognitions, he has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a PEN lifetime achievement award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Grants, a Lila Wallace Fellowship, and prizes from American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He has taught at several universities, including NYU, Columbia, The Universities of California at Irvine and Berkeley; George Mason University, Boston University, among others, and recently retired from the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.   



Sandberg has directed Greek tragedy, comic opera, Brecht, and contemporary plays by writers as different as Lewis Black, Philip Kan Gotanda, Anna Deavere Smith and Wendy Wasserstein. He most recently directed Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Lewis Center.

Also a playwright, Sandberg’s plays have been seen in Asia, Europe, Latin America and at theaters throughout the U.S.  His newest work Roundelay had its premiere at Passage Theatre in 2013. His screenplay Press Past is in pre-production with Giving Back Films.

Sandberg teaches playwriting, acting and dramatic literature at Princeton.