Seattle Premiere of Shipwrecked!: Adventure Tale by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Donald Margulies
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
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I went to opening night of this play and thought the idea was great but found that I was not believing the story. Maybe this is the point as the actor is telling a farce, but I thought the extras, set and flow of the play made the show. It is definately worth the time and money to make your own decision as the person I went with LOVED IT and would give a four or five.
Quotes & Highlights
- Watch a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJEQpfcwzlI">Youtube clip</a> from a production of <em>Shipwrecked!</em> at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Shipwrecked! is based on the tales of Louis de Rougemont, a hoaxer who spellbound 19th-century readers with his adventures as a castaway in the South Pacific—until it was revealed that his accounts of buried treasure, a giant killer octopus and cannibals were likely, in fact, fictional. In the book’s afterword, Margulies wrote that with Shipwrecked! he wanted to create “a play that would make no attempt to replicate onstage what television and movies do but would instead celebrate the uniqueness of theater.”
Margulies strips away the trappings of spectacle—using minimal scenery, three players and the simple sound effects they create—to, as Margulies said, “get back to what theater does best: enlighten, amuse, transport, make you forget, or force you to remember.”