Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
----James Joyce, “The Dead”
The Rogue Theatre’s production of “The Dead” opened with a preview performance last Thursday and finished it’s first week yesterday with a Sunday matinee.
What a remarkable production! Yes, yes, I know this is a little too much like blowing my own horn, which is not supposed to be done, but as part of the ensemble I think I’m entitled to one ‘brag.’
It has been a joy to be part of “The Dead,” and to work with such an amazing group of actors and musicians. There’s an old joke about how you sculpt a horse from a block of marble: You simply chip away all the bits that don’t look like a horse. This is what director Cynthia Meier has done.
What remain, in all their richness and in all their tragedy, are the words of James Joyce. That’s it- 17 actors, 6 musicians (including Round The House) and a bare stage ringed about with “antique” high-backed chairs. No scenery, no props, bring your imagination, we’ll help. The show runs Thursday through Sunday this week.
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