Friday, January 2, 2009

Play of the Week: Players in the Game

This week we are going to feature a little known play by the late Dale Wasserman. Players in the Game is sort of a cross between Measure for Measure and A Man for All Seasons.

Set in Prague in the 1300's, it is the story of a corrupt Bishop's cat and mouse game against the newly appointed Head of the Inquisition sent to clean up the town. The play is an intricately woven drama of the struggle between the two men while questioning freedom of thought, heresy, women's rights, and the appropriate punishments for vice. While the play is historic in setting, Wasserman is struggling with issues that still burden us today.

A neat and tidy read, you should definitely pick up a copy if you have the chance. You won't be left disappointed.

Happy Birthday: Christopher Durang (b. 1949)

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