Justin Fredenburg as Robert Frost in theatre KAPOW's My Neighbor the Poet
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• Good fences make good neighbors: Robert Frost, the iconic American poet, often compared himself to Job, the Biblical figure who was tested by God with pain and hardship, according to Londonderry playwright Donald Tongue. Yet his farm in Derry was one place Frost always looked back on fondly. During his years living there, when he was between 26 and 33 years old, Frost wrote his first three books of poetry. These years are the subject of a new play, penned by Tongue, My Neighbor, the Poet. Tongue spent the summer researching Frost, who by all accounts was a poor farmer but had a distinct voice that captured the American spirit, according to Tongue. While the play focuses on Frost and his wife, Elinor, in the 1900s, it is also set in the 1960s as Lesley Frost, his daughter, tried to buy back the farm and turn it into the museum it is today. “It is the first time I’ve written a historic play,” Tongue said. “First and foremost, I wanted an interesting story. But I think I was able to strike a balance. The information in the play is also accurate.” My Neighbor, the Poet will be performed by theatre KAPOW, which each year like to perform a play about a literary figure, on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, and on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Adams Memorial Opera House, 29 West Broadway, Derry. Tongue said it was neat because the Opera House was built during the time Frost lived in Derry (early 1900s) and he might have visited there. Tongue said that, as it is the premiere of the play, he has sat in on several rehearsals to see if any lines need to be re-written. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (62+). Visit www.tkapow.com or call 437-5210.
• Win free tickets: Fans of the Frost Heaves, a variety show based on the Prairie Home Companion/Ed Sullivan model but with a New England spin, can win free tickets to the Frost Heaves’ December show simply by filling out a survey. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/F2FJC9W, answer a few questions and then you could be a winner. “We do song parodies, sketches, original tunes, etc., etc., often focusing on the foibles of Yankees and living in New England,” Ken Sheldon, creator of Frost Heaves, wrote in an e-mail. “We started in the fall of 2008 and just began our third season. The show has proven very popular, and our most recent performance at the Peterborough Players theater was a complete sellout.” Visit www.frostheaves.com.