How does a boarding school poetry teacher get a bunch of pubescent, tight-ass yuppies to give a damn about Walt Whitman? If youve ever seen the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, you know that first you have to rip up their text books. Then, try holding your lectures anywhere but the class room. A dark cave is always ideal. Finally, get them to forget all the bullshit, PC rhetoric theyve been taught in school. Trust us, youll be their captain in no time. Commanding the role of John Keatingan oddball poetry instructor at St. Andrews School in 1959Robin Williams embarks on a riveting quest to turn unsuspecting students into thinking, feeling individuals with the balls to speak their minds, woo the ladies and stand on top of their desks without fear.
Thu., July 8, 7 p.m., 2010