The Soldier's Tale: An Enchanting Dance, Music and Theater Work
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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My friend and I went to see Muriel Maffre, as we are long time season ticket holders for the ballet and wanted to see her in this play. We were overcome by the acting of the three actors, the music, and how much we enjoyed the play.
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- “ ... both visually and musically mesmerizing, as fresh as new paint and as exciting as a newly minted classic.” --Seattle Times
Based on Igor Stravinsky's 1918 work
Book by C. F. Ramuz
English Version by Donald Pippin
Based on a concept by Muriel Maffre
Directed by Muriel Maffre and Tom Ross
Aurora Theatre Company continues its 20th season with an enchanting, one-of-a-kind collaboration between Artistic Director Tom Ross and former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Muriel Maffre
with a re-imagined version of Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 musical work, The Soldier's Tale.
Workshopped at Aurora in December 2010, this piece “to be read, played, and danced” will feature four musicians performing Stravinsky’s visionary score, two actors, a life-size puppet, and Maffre dancing in her Aurora stage debut, as well as acting as puppeteer. Maffre, who retired as a principal dancer from the San Francisco Ballet in 2007, will serve as choreographer and as codirector along with Tom Ross.
The production will also feature a special musical collaboration with San Francisco’s acclaimed avant garde chamber music collective Earplay, under the musical direction of Mary Chun. Bay Area stage
luminaries L. Peter Callender (Permanent Collection) and Joan Mankin (Bosoms and Neglect) return to Aurora to round out the extraordinary ensemble.
Written in 1918, and set to music by Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring), with libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, The Soldier's Tale is based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who makes a deal with the devil, trading his fiddle for a book that predicts the future. The narrative is an anti-war Faustian fable, making the piece a highly relevant work for today.