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Literary Fri Dec 11 2015
Beowulf & Grendel, a reading of a new adaptation of the classic story, will be presented by the Phantom Collective Sunday evening, Dec. 20, at Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant.
Chicago author June Sawyers has combined Beowulf, the Old English epic poem, with Grendel, one of Beowulf's antagonists (dramatized in John Gardner's 1971 novel, Grendel, in which that character tells his side of the story).
Si Osborne directs actors Stephen O'Connell and Andrew Rathgeber, with music by Sean Cleland and sound design by John Szymanski.
Sawyers is the author of a dozen books on the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago history and Celtic music and travel. The Phantom Collective has staged a number of pub readings and musical events, including Samuel Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner; a tribute to Moby Dick (A Damp, Drizzly November in My Soul); a reading of Samuel Johnson writings; and Bruce Springsteen's 65th birthday party.
Beowulf & Grendel will be staged for one night only, at 7pm Sunday, Dec. 20, at Chief O'Neill's, 3471 N. Elston Ave.. Admission is $15 and tickets can be bought at the door (cash or check only). For more information, contact email@example.com or call 312-435-9736.