The Wall Theatre proudly presented it's first show of the new season,
an original stage adaptation of E.M. Forster's award winning novel A
Passage To India. Written in 1924 and taking its title from a Walt
Whitman poem, A Passage To India is set in the troublesome
days of the British rule in India. It explores with great insight the impossibility
of two extremely different cultures to ever truly understand each other,
and thus, is a play potent for today's political climate. But the story
is so much more than that. It is a story of isolation and the futile attempts
of desperate people reaching out for love. It is a story of repressed sexual
desire, and it is a story about the value of friendship and loyalty.
a middle class woman arrives in India with the prospect of marrying Ronny,
an up and coming young British officer. She encounters the extreme prejudice
the British feel toward the Indians whom they are sworn to protect and
guide. The Indians feel neither the need to be protected nor guided. Dr.
Aziz, an optimistic Muslim believes he can become friends with the British,
but he is accused of molesting Adela during a visit to the ancient and
mystic Maribar Caves. Mr. Moore, a wise elderly lady, feels the unspoken
horror of a meaningless existence and the futile attempts we make to create
meaning in our lives. Mr. Fielding, a British teacher seems to be the only
one to truly understand his Indian neighbors, and he forms a kind of friendship
with Aziz. Forster, an outsider and closeted homosexual during his lifetime,
often explores isolation and loneliness in his novels. He has a delicate
and beautiful way with a story and a unique understanding of human nature.
The play of A PASSAGE TO INDIA promises likewise a unique theater going
Director Dale Gutzman gathered a
large and extremely talented cast for this epic production. Marilyn
White, David Flores, Jacqueline Roush, Jeremy C. Welter,
Strange, Don and Donna Lobacz, Lawrence J. Lukasavage,
Herbstreit-Kalinyen, Barbara Zaferos,
Welcenbach, Mark Ninneman, James Feeley, Sandy Lewis,
Uscila, and Gutzman himself played a Mystic Brahman bringing
Forster's book to sparkling life.
Technical Director David Roper swept
us from a private British club to the dangerous hills of Chandrapore. Wills
clash, hearts were broken, promises were kept, memories haunted, and life-altering
events either did or did not happen.