Robert P. Arthur
Robert P. Arthur is a multi-award winning playwright, poet, and novelist whose plays and poems have been presented internationally. His works include novels (Crazy Horse in Heaven); poem plays with music and for dance (Hymn to the Chesapeake; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Onley), musicals (Dreams of Bonnie Prince Charlie) plays (Floyd Collins and the White Angels of Sand), among others. He is also a theatre reviewer and college professor.
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Robert Arthur’s Eastern ShoreROBERT ARTHUR’S EASTERN SHORE by Robert P. Arthur, twice nominated for Virginia’s Poet Laureate: The book includes 4 one-act plays, a selection of his award-winning poems, and “Hymn to the Chesapeake,” a play with music. The culture of the Eastern Shore watermen and waterwomen has long been threatened by the erosion of winds off the Chesapeake Bay and a dwindling supply of crabs and “ersters” to be harvested. These poems and plays celebrate that life and allow us, to share the triumph and the pain of finding one’s livelihood and reason for being in an environment that is both beautiful and unforgiving.Read More
- 90 Minutes
- 4 Males 4 Females Max 15+ Min 9
A full-length, poetic drama by Robert P. Arthur resurrects the love, lust, and retribution of the original Greek legend in contemporary surroundings. A stepmother’s insatiable desire for her husband’s son destroys a family. Set in a beach house with the sound of drumming waves and ghostly figures of fishwives in the background, this verse play brings the ancient story back to life. With minimal stage requirements, this drama relies heavily on the rhythm of language. Great for college, community, and professional theaters.Read More
Hymn to the Chesapeake
- 95 Minutes
- 5 Males, 5 Females, Max/Min 10
This award-winning, full-length play with music is filled with the poetry of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Robert P. Arthur weaves fragments of conversations and traditional melodies to portray the love and heartbreak of its watermen and women–the love of the sea, a mother for a child, a man for a woman. Easy to stage with a variable cast, this haunting drama can be performed easily by high school, college, community, and professional theaters.