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2010-2011 Season

SCENE ONE

Posted on: October 8th, 2008 by Jill Rafson

 

I fell for The Language of Trees because of its stage directions. I know that’s a willful thing to say because, barring a truly bizarre theatrical crisis (electrical failure? scenery thieves?), you won’t get the opportunity to hear those stage directions read aloud when you attend the production.

The world sutures itself back up.

Loretta looks at Eben. Her heart breaks a little bit.

I’m a sucker for this kind of thing – it expresses exactly what’s happening in a moment, but it is not something that can ever actually be put on a stage. And while these directions are surprising and poetic, more importantly they are just one piece of an idea that this play speaks to – that the gaps between people, between what is said and what can’t actually be expressed, are spaces that we must bridge if we want to survive in this world.

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Dear Roundabout Subscriber,

I’m so happy to be presenting the first Broadway revival of A Man for All Seasons, which premiered in 1961 with a much-lauded performance by Paul Scofield as the title character, Sir Thomas More (a role that he later reprised on film).  Most people know that Robert Bolt’s play depicts a particular moment in history – when King Henry VIII declared himself the head of the Church of England after the Pope refused to grant him a divorce from his first wife, Catherine, and Henry’s own Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was persecuted for his unwillingness to endorse the King’s actions. ... Read More →


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