Thursday, October 18, 2007
Oct 24 - Nov 3: THE LADY'S NOT FOR BURNING, Trinity Western
The Lady's Not for Burning
by Christopher Fry
Directed by Aaron Caleb (director of last year's TWU hits The Taming of the Shrew and Fixing Christmas
October 24 - November 3, Wednesday - Saturday 8pm with Saturday matinees at 2 pm
Tix and info: twu.ca/theatre
The Trinity Western University Theatre season kicks off with Christopher Fry’s acclaimed verse drama The Lady’s Not For Burning which runs October 24 – November 3. A witty examination of prejudice, superstition and the value of life, this lyrical masterpiece is ultimately a charming romantic comedy.
Thomas Mendip is a disillusioned soldier who demands to be hanged for murder. Jennet Jourdemayne faces execution as a witch despite proclaiming her innocence. The social order is completely upended as science and religion, hope and despair, gravity and absurdity all face off when Thomas and Jennet meet.
“I think we can all relate to Thomas, because we’ve all wanted to change the world,” says TWU theatre professor and director Aaron Caleb. “And I think we can all relate to Jennet because we’ve likely been accused of something we didn’t do.”
A Christian humanist who began his playwriting career on a commission from the church, Christopher Fry’s works frequently explore Biblical themes and characters. Often compared to T.S. Elliot, Fry also wrote a number of screenplays for epic films including Barrabas and Ben Hur. The Lady’s Not for Burning is his most popular play and the role of Thomas has attracted some of the stage’s most accomplished actors including John Gielgud, Richard Chamberlain and Kenneth Branagh.
Nice interview piece with director Aaron Caleb at the TWU website.