River Sonnets

An experimental play featuring sonnets from the 16th and early 20th centuries
Adapted and filmed by Barry Cavin

River Sonnets 

The Story.  

A bewildering series of dreams torments a young woman, leaving her isolated in an unfamiliar world. She searches for an interpretation of her shadowy visions with the help of a doctor who is from a disjointed time.  

River Sonnets is a digital play performed in the time of a great pandemic, a time when language is such an important bridge between people but a time when that linguistic architecture is crumbling and failing. At a time like this, we have to invent new ways of thinking about theater, new ways to question our assumptions about the human condition. River Sonnets is an experiment in language. It is ancient poetry set to contemporary circumstance, it is visual poetry nestled in popular streaming media.  River Sonnets features the poems of Edmund Spenser, a 16th century English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, and by Edna St. Vincent Millay, an American poet who, in 1923, became the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. River Sonnets is a deep exploration into the desire for love and a timid look into the vagaries of our final transition. It is a universal warning wrapped in a personal metaphor.


This production is now available for viewing on YouTube. River Sonnets is free and available to all for viewing.