A fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre-date the master's work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugeeA fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre-date the master's work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995....
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I recently saw the play, performed by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Group members. The production was in collaboration with the author. The play had a revised ending, which I didn't quite get. As someone else commented, this is a play that challenges the actors and the audience.
I read this play in one night, and what should be said about it first is that it is MEANT to be seen, NOT read. The complex dynamics of multiple languages all on stage at once makes reading INCREDIBLY difficult. Even so, the impact of the play can still be felt by reading it, especially all in one sitting. Note: There is a lot of strong language in this play. Though other's make not feel so, I felt that the strong language was unnecessary about a third of the time.That being said, the play literally sags with the weight of its deep commentary. Reading gives the would-be viewer at the ability to slow down time and pick apart the play's ideas, for which I was grateful. So much commentary was included, though, and from nearly every character regardless of their background or education, as to make the story slightly unbelievable at points. Nevertheless, the ideas carried my interest more than anything else, despite the story being interesting and the climax -- oh the climax -- being shocking and even disturbing. The wealth of thinking about art, immigration, national pride, personal identity, rich Europe vs poor Europe, the worth of history in creating national narratives, and the attitudes of the west to the south and far Eastern European countries and peoples is astounding. Never, by my knowledge, have these topics been so directly addressed on stage before. You will never forget this play.
Difficult to read but worth it. Still, it's very dense and not for the faint of heart. At times, it sags under the weight of so many themes, characters, languages and multiple languages spoken with English in brackets. I saw the play in 1997 and found it much more enjoyable to experience rather than read.
I helped produce and stage manage this play for the evidEnce room theatre in Los Angeles.
This play is extraordinary. I can't even describe it. You have to read it yourself.
What a brilliant play. My only complaint is that I had to settle for reading it instead of watching on the stage. Just as with the Biblical event referenced by the title, this is a story of tremendous excitement, confusion, hope, and history. It is a story of a complex Europe. Not the Europe of easily digestible news stories or tourist vacations but one weighted by centuries of history, religion, language, and a confusing vision of the future. Written two decades ago as the continent was struggling to digest the dramatic upheavals of its Eastern neighbors, it is surely only more relevant now. This is essential reading for anyone wishing to better perceive the tensions and challenges of modern Europe.Read more at http://znovels.blogspot.com/2017/01/p...
Superficial nonsense masquerading as profundity.