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John Doe

05/29/2017

Island theatre at the Library presents

HEROES

by Gérald Sibleyras, adapted by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Paul Bryan, featuring Brian Danzig, George Shannon and Nelson Spickard

February 15 & 16, 7:30
Bainbridge Public Library
FREE (donations welcome)

Gustave, Philippe, and Henri – war heroes, all – are plotting an escape. They’ve had enough of the tortures of their confinement: dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners, and far too many birthday parties. Indeed, life in a retired soldiers’ home is almost unbearable! So, while keeping each other company on the back patio, they hatch a plan to escape to Indochina, or at least to a picnic under the poplars on a nearby hill. Winner of London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of this French play is playful, bawdy, and heartbreakingly funny.

Three World War I veterans who pass their monotony filled days in a military hospital by engaging in verbal battles of long-forgotten military campaigns, grumblings about the staff, and reflections on their lives. Henri is afflicted by a gammy leg, Gustave suffers from agoraphobia, and Philippe passes out because of a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain. Their cantankerous camaraderie becomes strained when Gustave conjures up an escape plan. Looking over the cemetery to the poplars beyond, they dream of freedom. Will today be the day they finally make it to Indochina or perhaps only as far as the top of the hill?

“Heroes enchants! Never having seen Gerald Sibleyras’s Le Vent des Peupliers I’d be hard put to say how much of the considerable charm derives from the original play and how much comes from Tom Stoppard’s adaptation.” –CurtainUp

Funny and profound and fully relatable…   A production like this reminds audiences and critics alike of why they love going to the theater.” –Stage Magazine

 “Theatrical hit, a boulevard comedy bull’s-eye…achieves a seductive fusion of the comic, sad and absurd.” – Evening Standard

by Gérald Sibleyras, adapted by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Paul Bryan, featuring Brian Danzig, George Shannon and Nelson Spickard

February 15 & 16, 7:30
Bainbridge Public Library
FREE (donations welcome)

Gustave, Philippe, and Henri – war heroes, all – are plotting an escape. They’ve had enough of the tortures of their confinement: dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners, and far too many birthday parties. Indeed, life in a retired soldiers’ home is almost unbearable! So, while keeping each other company on the back patio, they hatch a plan to escape to Indochina, or at least to a picnic under the poplars on a nearby hill. Winner of London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of this French play is playful, bawdy, and heartbreakingly funny.

Three World War I veterans who pass their monotony filled days in a military hospital by engaging in verbal battles of long-forgotten military campaigns, grumblings about the staff, and reflections on their lives. Henri is afflicted by a gammy leg, Gustave suffers from agoraphobia, and Philippe passes out because of a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain. Their cantankerous camaraderie becomes strained when Gustave conjures up an escape plan. Looking over the cemetery to the poplars beyond, they dream of freedom. Will today be the day they finally make it to Indochina or perhaps only as far as the top of the hill?

“Heroes enchants! Never having seen Gerald Sibleyras’s Le Vent des Peupliers I’d be hard put to say how much of the considerable charm derives from the original play and how much comes from Tom Stoppard’s adaptation.” –CurtainUp

Funny and profound and fully relatable…   A production like this reminds audiences and critics alike of why they love going to the theater.” –Stage Magazine

 “Theatrical hit, a boulevard comedy bull’s-eye…achieves a seductive fusion of the comic, sad and absurd.” – Evening Standard

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