Ray Bradbury's Green Town -- New Play From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
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Featured review from Warren B.
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The staging was lovely and much of the writing terrific. My main quibble was the proportion of lenthy monologues -- some of which could have stood alone, apart from the main play's action. Too often the action and interplay among the characters (the play's strength) would grind to a halt to accommodate these long-winded reminiscences or imaginings. They're skillfully written -- and clearly at the heart of Bradbury's message -- but eventually hard to sit through, even with the fine acting talent on hand.
Ray Bradbury's Green Town is a deft mix of fantasy and nostalgia set in the mythical town of Green Town, Illinois, probably suggested by Bradbury’s own birthplace, Waukegan.
It’s an indeterminate time, somewhere around 1930 perhaps, in a Midwestern place where trees line streets surrounded by abundant flora, giving the locale its name. It’s a place where businesses are locally owned, and their proprietors are known to all, as are people’s neighbors. It’s a peaceful town….until fantastic events begin to intrude, of course. But this is not a time of dread. It is a time of fondly remembered wonders.
It turns out that Green Town is not a sleepy little Midwestern town. It is a portal to a world of amazing adventures, where shackles are removed from the imagination and the impossible becomes reality.
Young boys discover the secrets of time travel and, while they still can, visit the sights and sounds of decades past.
Hurtling from antiquity, an ancient Egyptian mummy materializes and electrifies the village walking the streets.
A famous novelist appears in town, with the ability to transport a young boy to cities and battlefields far away. This shouldn’t be possible. The writer is supposed to be dead. Another miracle manifests: The writer meets a soul-mate, and falls deeply and profoundly in love.
Just exactly how much magic can occur on the streets of one little town?
Plenty, when the wizard making it happen is America’s award-winning master of fantasy, Ray Bradbury.
Two-thirds of this material has never previously been included in any Bradbury theatrical adaptation.
The company’s resident director, Alan Neal Hubbs, helms the new production. In the cast, company regulars Michael Prichard, Georgan George, Paul Bond and Philip Sokoloff are joined by Anders Asbjornsen, Matthew Bond, Gabe Kahn, Cole Rainey, David Fox-Brenton and Roses Prichard.
Written by Ray Bradbury, based on his stories.
Directed by Alan Neal Hubbs.
Produced by Ray Bradbury and Racquel Lehrman. Presented by Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company.
America’s beloved storyteller Ray Bradbury has just been honored with a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007. He has a new book of fiction coming out this summer, Now and Forever. Bradbury's most famous books include The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written more than 500 published works--short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts in 2004. Bradbury's timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th century--and the 21st.