Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden from Eclipse Theatre Company
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The last date listed for The Autumn Garden was Saturday December 13, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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Post-show discussions with the cast and crew will be held following all Saturday and Sunday matinees (except Dec. 21).
Eclipse Theatre Company’s two-year celebration of the first ten playwrights featured by the company – The Celebration Series – continues by honoring the work of 2000 featured playwright Lillian Hellman with The Autumn Garden, directed by Jeff Award-winning Artistic Director Nathaniel Swift. In this introspective and rarely produced play (first performed in 1951), old friends gather in a summer home to rediscover connections, rekindle lost relationships, and find peace – only to find that they can’t escape from the choices of their past.
Swift said, “When Eclipse selected the 2000 Lillian Hellman season, the ensemble fell in love with this beautiful play, but recognized that our group about ten years too young to fully explore the mature relationships depicted. Now, a decade later, the ensemble is excited to have the opportunity to visit Hellman’s most emotionally honest play, with a rich cast of imperfect yet noble characters struggling to find comfort amidst the simple tragedy of being human.”
The show runs approximately two and a half hours with two intermissions.
About the Ticket Supplier: Eclipse Theatre CompanyEclipse Theatre Company chooses one playwright per season and focuses on the works of that playwright only. Through this total immersion in a specific playwright's world, the ensemble gains a thorough understanding of that playwright and the circumstances of his/her writing in order to bring a more concentrated and literate representation of that playwright to the audience.
Playwrights who have written more than three plays are eligible for consideration, as well as playwrights who have shown a definite range of growth throughout their careers. On deciding which plays to perform, a great factor is the challenge that the piece presents to the ensemble and its audience.
Since the inception of the one playwright-one season mission in 1997, playwrights that have been featured with Eclipse include French Playwright Jean Cocteau; Legendary American Playwrights Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Neil Simon, New York Playwrights Romulus Linney and John Guare, and Chicago native Keith Reddin.