This Spring, Independent Theatre is proudly presenting a strictly limited season of Thomas Wolfe's sprawling family saga Look Homeward, Angel.
Regarded as one of the world's great coming-of-age stories, this exciting production follows Independent Theatre's proud tradition of adapting great works of American fiction to the stage, including The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, East of Eden, Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Published in 1929, Look Homeward, Angel was Wolfe's debut novel and based on his own complex family life. Rich in vivid characters, poetic language and quirky comedy, playwright Ketti Frings adapted the acclaimed novel to the stage. The play opened on Broadway in 1957 and earned Frings the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Independent Theatre production is directed by Robert Croser and features a talented local cast. This timeless tale of family, adolescence, first love, heartbreak and escape speaks to us all.
Teenager Eugene Gant lives in a country town with his large, crazy family, and survives by reading great books. His home is the "Dixieland" boarding house, run by his domineering mother, Eliza, who is forever buying real estate and caring for her bizarre assortment of boarders rather than her family. She constantly battles with Eugene's boozy, poetry-spouting father, W. O. Gant – a monumental mason, whose prize possession is a marble angel that represents the characters' aspirations. Of all his siblings, Eugene most idolises his older brother, Ben, who knows the danger of entrapment by the family, and urges young Eugene to get away.
Caught in the stifling cross-fire between his romantic father and pragmatic mother, Eugene dreams of escaping to become a writer. But nothing complicates a dream like the arrival of your first great love.
Will he ever get away? Will he recover? Can he learn to understand and forgive?
The cast includes Will Cox, Bronwyn Ruciak, David Roach, Jonathan Johnston, Trish Hendrick, Naomi Voortman, David Rapkin, Malcolm Walton, Pam O'Grady, Madeleine Herd, Louis Henbest, Thomas Chew, Allen Munn and Ashleigh Merriel.
Look Homeward, Angel is Independent Theatre's final production of their highly successful 2018 season and promises to be a sellout.
Tickets are now on sale for the following performances:
Tickets are priced as follows:
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For more information on the production, session times and ticketing options, please visit www.independenttheatre.org.au