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ANCESTRAL VOICES: A Family Story by A.R. Gurney
Harrison, ME
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Friday Jul 31, 2020 7:30 PM - Friday Jul 31, 2020 9:30 PM | $15.00 - $24.00


ANCESTRAL VOICES: A Family Story by A.R. Gurney
ONE NIGHT ONLY - A Deertrees Theatre Fundraiser
ANCESTRAL VOICES: A Family Story by A.R. Gurney
presented by Deertrees New Repertory Company

Set in Buffalo, New York in the 1940s, ANCESTRAL VOICES is a bittersweet story, perceived through the eyes of young Eddie, whose family is turned inside out when his grandmother unexpectedly divorces his grandfather in order to marry his grandfathers best friend. Simultaneously, the outside world is undergoing temporal changes, and we follow the family through the ensuing decades of war and social upheaval. Written to be performed informally, with actors reading from scripts.

If the family is the key theme of American drama, A R Gurneys ANCESTRAL VOICES: A FAMILY STORY is a beautiful chamber work in that great tradition. The short play is staged as a concert work, with five performers sitting on chairs in front of music stands, where theyve laid their scripts. The five are playing members  grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, son  of a rich WASP family in Buffalo NY between 1935 and 1942, with a brief coda from the 1960s. The son, Eddie, who goes from age eight to twelve, is our narrator, guide and point of view  This lovely play unites the microcosm of family to the macrocosm of America at war. On Eddies first date he brings his girl a paper war-sage. Its also about something in between  a city. Its an elegy for Buffalo, a once-glorious place whose fortunes are declining. The texture of life in Buffalo is heartbreakingly evoked in ways reminiscent of The Magnificent Ambersons  This is a magical play, not a mere exercise in uncritical nostalgia, but a nuanced reminiscence full of time and change and loss and suffering  as well as joy. Donald Lyons, New York Post


156 Deertrees Road
Harrison, ME 04040
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Sweets
Other > Family-Friendly

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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