Lydie Breeze Trilogy

EgoPo Classic Theater

2016
$91,000

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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, directed by Brenna Geffers. Doug Greene, Ross Beschler, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Robert DaPonte, 2010. Photo by Joshua Wallace.

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Bluebird, world premiere translation and adaptation by Lane Savadove of the 1908 children’s play L’Oiseau Bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck, 2009. Photo by Jules Victor.

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, directed by Lane Savadove, 2014. Photo by David Cimetta.

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The Assassination of Jesse James, created and directed by Brenna Geffers, 2012. Photo by Jenna Kuerzi.

EgoPo Classic Theater will present the world premiere of the first full presentation of Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare's acclaimed Lydie Breeze Trilogy, an epic trilogy about an American family, set between the Civil War and the birth of 20th-century industrialism. In development for 30 years, the trilogy has not reached completion as the single theatrical experience Guare intended it to be. EgoPo will collaborate with Guare to present all three plays, Women and Water, Bullfinch's Mythology, and Sacredness of the Next Task, in a consecutive cycle, with music by Cynthia Hopkins. The trilogy begins with Lydie's childhood in the age of American whaling on Nantucket, then moves through the Civil War and American Utopianism, before ending at the birth of 20th-century industrialism. Each of the three plays will open with two-week individual runs, followed by two weeks of performances offering the complete three-play cycle staged over the course of a full day.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.