Theophilus North: Off-Broadway Play Based on Thornton Wilder's Last Novel
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George Bernard Shaw was the Irish playwright of works like Pygmalion, Man and Superman and Saint Joan. Many of his works written for the stage were successfully adapted to the screen -- Pygmalion, for instance, became the musical My Fair Lady. Inspired by a luncheon at MGM Studios in the 1930s, MadKap Productions' presentation of Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood centers on the exchange between Shaw and his wife Charlotte at a meeting with Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst and Louis B. Mayer, who are hoping to produce a moving picture based on Shaw's most famous play. Inspired by a true story, and written with the quick wit of a screwball comedy from the '30s, this play mines big laughs from the confrontation between larger-than-life Hollywood legends and one of the sharpest-tongued playwrights in history. Learn More
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- Learn more about the novel on which the play is based at the Thornton Wilder website.
From off-Broadway comes this astonishing charmer of a play, based upon the semi-autobiographical final work of three-time Pulitzer Prize–winning icon of American letters, Thornton Wilder. Set in the tiny resort town of Newport, R.I., during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926, Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, 30-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs (tennis instructor, French tutor, private reader) in the houses of the wealthy. Soon, he finds himself entangled in the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, but the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he imagined.