Theophilus North: Off-Broadway Play Based on Thornton Wilder's Last Novel
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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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Really loved this little known work. A beautifully adapted play from the Thornton Wilder novel...and gorgeously and effectively directed and staged. The story was sweet, metaphysically inclined and a perfect tale about finding oneself making a difference right where we are. The cast is young and skilled. This is one we'll be writing all of our friends to see...and Organic is a theater company to watch. Grow along with them!
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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.