Center for American Performance
Opens November 6 with "Good"
The Boston Center for American Performance
opens its third season with C.P. Taylor’s "Good,"
directed by BCAP’s artistic director Jim Petosa.
Performances at Studio 210 of the Boston University
Theatre at 264 Huntington Avenue, run from November 6 - 21. BCAP
is the professional extension of the Boston University School
self-described musical comedy explores the life of a liberal German professor,
seduced by the Third Reich, who unwittingly betrays both his loved ones
and his morals. Audiences will find this cautionary tale particularly
resonant in today’s political climate.
The cast includes Michael Kaye, Tim Spears, Paula
Langton, Judith Chaffee, Alicia Hunt, Hayley Holbrook, Mason Sand, Stephen
Elrod, Edmund Donovan, Alex Schneps and Jeff Hathcoat.
How does it happen to a “good” man? How does it happen to
a “good” people?
Set in Germany at the height of Hitler’s rise to power, Taylor’s
masterwork takes place partly inside the mind of a “good”
man, Professor John Halder. Inspired by his mother’s illness, Halder
publishes a novel advocating for compassionate euthanasia. When the book
is picked up by powerful political figures for use as government propaganda,
Halder enjoys the success and attention until he realizes his work is
jeopardizing the welfare of his family and friends.
In his preface to the play Taylor wrote, “It still seems that there
are lessons to be learned if we examine the atrocities of the Third Reich
as the result of the infinite complexity of contemporary human society,
and not a simple conspiracy of criminals and psychopaths.”
Petosa explained, "We hear constant exhortations to never forget
the history of the Holocaust. What compels us about C.P. Taylor's play
is its insistence on the tragic banality of what brought us to the inhuman
brink of that terrible moment. What frightens us is its possibility not
its impossibility; the premise that such evil is thinkable not unthinkable.
And while the Nazi story is an extreme one, are there degrees of it that
exist in our own lives in ways that demand that we remain alert? The play
haunts with the question."
British playwright C.P. Taylor wrote almost 80 plays, most
inspired by his Jewish heritage and his Socialist viewpoint. In addition
to Good, he is the author of "Bread and Butter," "Lies
about Vietnam," "Next Year in Tel Aviv," "Withdrawal
Symptoms," "Some Enchanted Evening," "And a Nightingale
Sang," and "Bandits." He died
in 1981 at the age of 52.
The BCAP initiative aims to foster significant interaction between members
of the professional performing arts community and the faculty and students
of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. The goal
is for these collaborations to have a significant impact on the College’s
overall educational mission, become a consistent source of inspiration
for the creation of both new work and new approaches to existing work,
and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding
and diverse aesthetic.
In keeping with the BCAP mission, Petosa has assembled a team of collaborators
for "Good" that represents each facet of the Boston University
School of Theatre community. The acting and design teams feature theater
faculty, staff, BFA and MFA students, alumni and theater minors.
BCAP launched in October 2008 with productions of Tennessee Williams’
classic "The Glass Menagerie" and Doug
Wright’s one-man play "I Am My Own Wife."
The company’s second season featured productions of David
Rabe’s "A Question of Mercy" and Paula
Vogel’s "How I Learned to Drive." BCAP’s
2010-2011 season will continue with a spring production of "The
Road to Mecca" by South Africa’s preeminent playwright
Athol Fugard, running February 16 - March 5, 2011.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office, call
617-933-8600, or visit www.bostontheatrescene.com.