Miss Jairus, a Mystery in Four Tableaux

Miss Jairus, a Mystery in Four Tableaux

by Michel de Ghelderode
This third production of THEATERWORK's 17th season in Santa Fe - following on ELEEMOSYNARY (Blessing) and BEAUTY OF THE FATHER (Cruz) - promises to be romantic, colorful, brimming with theatricality and surprises from start to finish. A textbook list of "romantic characteristics" includes: concern with the historical past; a sense of national identity; sensuousness; an embrace of mysteries rather than a teasing out of problems; the acknowledgment of the reality of dreams; and an embrace of the dictates of the heart. All here in Ghelderode's 1934 master work. This play is not so much set in the past as wrought out of the past. The sensuous elements of the play are vivid and persistent. It is filled with laughter, but that Flemish laughter that rings a bit with the gnashing of teeth! It is operatic in its sweep and in its tone. It is a vision of a dance of life in which the dancers - some riotous, some bewildered, some weary, some ecstatic - invite in a Stranger who unleashes a life-changing dream. What more can a theatre audience ask for? Ghelderode, in an interview, said: "It is my climactic work. I put the whole of myself into it... it was a ten-year obsession. It is a kind of poem - a kind of ancestral lament - it contains comic and burlesque elements. My mother once told me the story of a young girl she knew in the Louvain country who had died and, at the moment she was being put into her coffin, she opened her eyes! She had simply been in a trance. That could happen, could it not?" This production follows in the THEATERWORK line of Tartuffe (Moliere); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht); The Unicorn (Olson); The Threepenny Opera (Brecht); The Inspector General (Gogol); The Tempest (Shakespeare); The King Stag (Gozzi); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare); A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Cruz); The Imaginary Invalid (Moliere); and several small operas, zarzuelas and fantasy pieces for children. Audiences have come to expect THEATERWORK's creative team to surround the plays in beautiful sets, costumes, props and lighting they won't be disappointed! PERFORMANCES: June 14 7:30 pm June 15 7:30 pm June 16 2:00 pm June 20 7:30 pm June 21 7:30 pm June 22 7:30 pm June 23 2:00 pm James A. Little Theater (Corner of Cerrillos Road & St. Francis Drive) For Information and Reservations: (505) 471-1799

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