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Maryhill Museum of Art

News Release

May 28, 2008


Media Contact: Leslie Wetherell

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620




Noted Northwest Actor and Director Keith Scales to Present and Evening of Drama At Stonehenge Memorial


Music, readings and dance precede the evening performance of Short Plays by 19th Century Irish Poet, William Butler Yeats



GOLDENDALE, Washington --- Maryhill Museum of Art is proud to announce a unique presentation of two short plays for dancers by 19th century Irish poet William Butler (W.B.) Yeats directed by noted actor and Classic Greek Theater of Oregon Artistic Director Keith Scales. The program includes two short plays by Yeats titled The Cat and the Moon and At the Hawks Well. Both plays are full of Irish wit, myth and magic.


The setting is the iconic Stonehenge Memorial, a replica of England’s Stonehenge built on the bluffs overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. And if the performances aren’t enough, the evening will culminate as the full moon rises in the summer sky. The performance begins at 7 p.m. July 19th and includes music, additional readings and dance.

T.S. Eliot described W.B. Yeats (1865–1939) as "...the greatest poet of our time — certainly the greatest in this language and, as far as I am able to tell, in any language..."Yeats was also a remarkable playwright whose strange and powerful dramas still stand as landmarks in the development of European theatre. Yeats was largely responsible for a cultural renaissance in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and in 1923 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Connecting Yeats to the Pacific Northwest is Keith Scales, who was born and raised in London, England, and has been living and working in the Pacific Northwest since 1970 as an actor, director, teacher, organizer and writer. A familiar face to Northwest audiences, Keith has acted in more than 200 plays and directed nearly 100 in various theatres in Portland, Oregon. Keith has also received several research fellowships, including one to travel to the W.B.Yeats Festival in Sligo, Ireland.


The Stonehenge Memorial is located three miles east of the museum. Parking is available at the Memorial and the performance is free. The evening is sponsored by Windy Point Partners, LLC.


Related Events:
Picnic on the Grounds: Maryhill Museum’s picnic area and grounds will stay open until 6:30 on July 19th.  Bring your favorite picnic foods and something for the peacocks too! Enjoy the spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge.


Experience the Enchantment: About Maryhill Museum of Art.  Perched on a stunning 5,000-acre site overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of artwork that ranges from early 20th century European works to Native American objects.  This award-winning museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940.  Outside the museum is an Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Lewis and Clark interpretive panels and a life-sized replica of Stonehenge.


The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission fees are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for children age 6-16. Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. Visit for more information.


Photography A dramatic performance of two short plays by W.B. Yeats will be presented under a full moon at Maryhill Museum's Stonehenge Memorial at 7 p.m. on July 19. Admission is free.


For a 300 dpi resolution photo click here.



Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive | Goldendale, WA 98620 | 509-773-3733

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