Opens Nov. 9 - "The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes" at The Tank
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:11 am EDT 09/23/22

Hic Incipit Pestis Productions Presents


A comedic saunter down the murky iambic back alleys of England's preeminent poet of the perverse; Opens November 9 at The Tank, NYC

Concieved, Written and Performed by Gordon Boudreau

?Directed by David Rosenberg

November 9, 2022 - February 9, 2023

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

(no performances on Nov. 23 & 24 or Dec. 21, 22, 28, and 29)

The Tank NYC

312 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10036

Tickets are $25. Visit: TheTankNYC

Runtime: 75 minutes with no intermission

NEW YORK, NY - Hic Incipit Pestis Productions presents the world premiere of The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes, an evening of irreverent sophistication featuring the wickedly sly verse of England's famously unconstrained poet. Written and performed by actor and comedian Gordon Boudreau, twenty-two performances will be staged at The Tank NYC, 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor in New York at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 9, 2022, through February 9, 2023. David Rosenberg directs.

England's preeminent 16th Century poet of the perverse fuses irresponsible humor with a deep love of language, poetry, and the humanities for an evening of convulsive laughter and surprising insight. Blending the profane with the elegant and the subversive with the illuminating, the wholly-original libertine Arthur Greenleaf Holmes takes the stage to bring us such hits as the insightful "Ode to an Extremely Provocative Knothole," the prepubescent lament "Mother, Will My Stones Drop?," and his crowning achievement "I Built My Love a Menstrual Hut." Forced to find its way out of a dark and dusty corner of the Smithsonian amidst a landscape of uninspired current pop events, news-feed minutiae, and a non-nutritional diet of cat videos, The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes fuses melodic language with an utter disregard for decent society to delight the well-read and casual Philistine. From college professors to the noble laborer, the NPR set to the barroom biker crowd—this is an evening tailor-made for the pervert of distinction.

"To see all kinds of people from every corner of society go from laughing hysterically to being drawn in by something truly poetic and thoughtful, and then calling out for more poetry—I've never seen anything like it," said David Rosenberg. "What Gordy is doing is so remarkable. The marriage of outrageous comedy and sublime language makes for a truly unique comedic experience. Language matters, and we really need a show that is smart, literate, thoughtful, and completely depraved."

Content warning: This production is intended for audiences 18 years and older.

Performances are at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, November 9, 2022, through February 9, 2023, at The Tank. There are no performances Nov. 23 & 24 or Dec. 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2022.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting TheTankNYC. Direct ticketing link: https://thetanknyc.org/calendar-1/the-wildly-inappropriate-poetry-of-arthur-greenleaf-holmes

The runtime is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

For more information, visit: ArthurGreenleafHolmes.com

With verse recited by famous comedian John Cleese and magician/performer Penn Jillett of Penn & Teller, The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes has been developed on the side streets of seedy shires across the United States.

COVID-19 Statement

Please note that this performance will be presented at the Tank's in-person performance space at 312 W 36th St. All attendees and artists will be required to display proof of full covid vaccination before being admitted to the space, either by showing a vaccination record (vaccination card) at least two weeks out from the final dose of an approved vaccine, or by using New York's free Excelsior Pass service. Patrons will also be required to wear masks while indoors at all times and for the time being, no food or beverage will be permitted to be consumed at the theater.


Gordon "Gordy" Boudreau (playwright/performer) is an actor, writer, and comedian whose pedigree includes standup and sketch comedy in New York, street performer at renaissance festivals, and lifelong lover of poetry, literature, and language. He first developed the character of Arthur as a surreptitious street poet, who would lure passersby into a suspicious alleyway and deliver a boutique poetic experience. Soon, the alleyways could no longer hold his burgeoning army of drooling disciples, and he moved his derelict act to the stage. He has presented his show at festivals from New York to Florida, Minnesota to Texas. Gordon lives in Central New York with his saintly wife, Sara, and his two terrifically insured children.

David Rosenberg (producer/director) is a performer, improviser, stand-up comedian, and advertising Creative Director. He's made audiences laugh at Walt Disney World, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The PIT, The Sterling Renaissance Festival, Stand-Up NY, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline's and the Comedy Cellar. David is incredibly honored to be part of bringing this insanely brilliant, smart, and deliciously offensive project to life. He credits Bugs Bunny, Steve Martin, Groucho Marx, and his father for suppressing his ability to be serious about anything.
Link https://thetanknyc.org/calendar-1/the-wildly-inappropriate-poetry-of-arthur-greenleaf-holmes

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