Look Homeward, Angel
By Ketti Frings
Directed By George Toles
7:30 pm November 20-23, 26-30
2pm November 24
Talk back follows November 26 performance
Tickets: $20, $15 Alumni/Arts Workers, $10 Students
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance.
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The play is based on American novelistThomas Wolfe's 1929 largely autobiographical novel of the same title, which was published in 1929. Look Homeward, Angel traces the coming of age of Eugene Gant, and the lives of his family members. Set in the town of Altamont, North Carolina where Eugene's mother, Eliza, runs a boarding house, "Dixieland", her boarders often interact with and affect the lives of the Gants. His drunk father, William Oliver, is a tombstone carver unable to replicate his prized possession, a statue of an angel. It is a richly layered, period coming-of-age story, based on the early life and history of Wolfe.
Frings adapted the Thomas Wolfe novel into a play that opened on Broadway in 1957 and ran for 564 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It received six Tony Award nominations and Frings won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1958. She was named "Woman of the Year" by The Los Angeles Times in the same year.
George Toles is a distinguished professor of Literature and Film at the University of Manitoba. He has been connected with the U of M Theatre program since 1977. His first U of M production was Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1978. Other productions for the Black Hole Theatre Company include: Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, August Strindberg's Miss Julie, Judith Thompson's White Biting Dog and I Am Yours, and (at the Conklin Theatre) Will Eno's Middletown. He has written or co-written many screenplays for Guy Maddin's feature films, and wrote the story and screenplay for Edison and Leo, Canada's first stop motion animated feature film. His books of film criticism are A House Made of Light: Essays on the Art of Film, Paul Thomas Anderson, and the forthcoming Curtains of Light: Essays on the Metaphysics of Theatrical Space in Film.