Wim Coleman was born and raised in Iowa. Since early childhood he knew he was to dedicate his life to playwriting — Wim loved the stage. Some of his works have been recognized on a big scope level. Moreover, he wrote a couple books with his wife Pat Perrin as a co-author. The amount of writing experience of his is truly inspiring. Fascinated by classical mythology, Wim Coleman dedicated his time and effort to writing a number of plays inspired by the myths. Later, in 2001, he published his book Nine Muses, which included all of those stories inspired by Roman and Greek mythology. Along with the plays, Wim Coleman included essays and explanations of the character of each of his play in the book, and even bothered to summarize some of the most famous myths of Roman and Greek descent in order to give the reader a broader picture.
As of today, Nine Muses by Wim Coleman is among the reading list for the students in mythology class. Nevertheless, Coleman’s plays, because of being so unique and easily comprehensible for an audience, belong in the theater. His character has been embodied by hundreds of people all around the world, from the United States to Greece. Not only professional theater players enjoy Coleman’s scripts, but also high-school drama clubs and amateur actors.
The book got its name for a reason: it is divided into nine narratives, among them stories about Pandora, Eros, Prometheus, Demeter and Persephone, Odysseus and the Sirens, and many others. Through the perspective of these mythological characters and their live paths, Coleman tried to bring up some of the thematic issues that are still relevant today. The questions he addresses concern the topics of life and death, emersion of the world, the reasons for people to exist, etc. Surely, Wim Coleman’s stories do not give ultimate answers to the questions above, yet they do help readers — or an audience when the play is on stage — to think about the issue deeper, more thoroughly, and gives them a space for discussion and philosophizing.
Nine Muses by Wim Coleman also has a great historical value. He managed to keep his stories as accurate to the original classical myths as it was possible. With a sense of modern perspective, his plays seem to perfectly bring the past and the present together and to show that the questions that rattled people’s minds then and that rattle our minds now are quite similar.
Wim Coleman was born and raised in Iowa. Since early childhood he knew he was to dedicate his life to playwriting — Wim loved the stage. Some of his works have been recognized on a big scope level. Moreover, he wrote a couple books with his wife Pat Perrin as a co-author. The amount of writing experience of his is truly inspiring.