For all of the inspirations that fueled William Butler Yeats' poetry and playwriting -- from the retelling of Irish folk tales to the passionate support of Irish independence from British rule in 1916 -- no muse held his attention like Maud Gonne. The English-born but Irish-aligned Gonne was a freedom fighter, a stage actress and a revolutionary who, in Yeats' eyes, came to embody the rebirth of a free Ireland. Gonne so captivated the writer that he proposed marriage no fewer than five times, with Gonne rebuffing his advances each time but maintaining a relationship and correspondence that inspired his poetry, the one-act allegorical play Cathleen ni Houlihan
and more. The Black Mirror Theatre Company's production of Gonne/Yeats
aims to illuminate an important but largely shadowy figure whose work resonated outside of Yeats' fixations. Gonne/Yeats
is performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 13 and 14) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; 314-740-6514). Tickets are $5.
Fri., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 14, 7:30 p.m., 2014