Tom Stoppard's Political Drama Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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The play was everything you expected from two great artists. The staging was done very well. However I wasn't prepared for it to be a part of the Boston U festifal. It was a pleasant surprise, but I'd rather be more informed in the future.
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The play was excellent and very unusual. You don't expect a full orchestra on stage. The actors and musicians from Boston University were very professional. As the story unfolds it makes you realize how lucky we are to live in this country.
By Tom Stoppard
Music by André Previn
Jim Petosa, director
William Lumpkin, conductor
Part of_ InCite 2009: Art, Science & Politics_
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour is a collaborative piece written by the unique artistic team of Tom Stoppard and André Previn. In a Soviet asylum in 1977, two men share a cell. While Ivanov is a genuine mental patient who believes he’s conducting the full orchestra that appears on stage, Alexander is a political prisoner who must admit his “mental illness” to regain his freedom. The play is rarely performed because of its need for a full orchestra.
André Previn is an Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer and a former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tom Stoppard is a playwright and screenwriter best known for the movies Brazil and Shakespeare in Love and the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Arcadia.
About the Ticket Supplier: Olney Theatre CenterLocated just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities.
An award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.
In addition to its mainstage season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, OTC offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America's longest running classical touring company (since 1949), which performs for high school and college audiences in over 25 states; Potomac Theatre Project, which offers experimental and alternative plays that explore provocative and challenging human situations, ideas and visions; special school performances of mainstage shows; a free Summer Shakespeare Festival; and post-show discussions.