The Buddha: In His Own Words at Boston Center for the Arts
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Featured review from Jack
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mesmerizing, simple, inspiring. Evan Brenner delivered an impeccable and supple perfomance. I would imagine that whether you've never explored the Buddha's life or, conversely, perhaps read about it in one of thousands of possible books, whether modern retellings like "Old Path White Clouds" or texts based on the original canon (as Brenner has done here), the impact of hearing and seeing it unfold is exquisite.
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The show was a Boston Globe Pick of the Week.
“Wonderfully entertaining…Marvelous to experience.” —Boston Metro
“Enchanting…poignant…revealing…A compelling portrait of a man who struggled to find his life’s path… Brenner has a way of telling his stories as if he’s speaking to each member of the audience individually" —Boston Globe
“Riveting…Brenner’s selections from Buddhist texts show the Buddha to be a complex, flawed and very mortal individual…Brenner is a subtle and masterful storyteller.” —Boston Herald
This original one-man play brings to the stage the life of the Buddha in his own words — the evolution of his thought, the triumphs and the rarely portrayed tragedy at the end of his life.
Relying exclusively on the oldest texts, the show enacts the life of the man and development of his philosophy. It’s no dry tale — The Buddha’s story stands among the great archetypal adventure stories.
The man we know as the Buddha lived in India around 500BC and introduced the teaching known as Buddhism. Approximately 300 years after his death, an extensive oral history of the movement was written down, carried throughout Asia, and this canon became the taproot of the entire Buddhist tradition.