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Photos! ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ at Wheelock

Set during the tumult of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities vividly dramatizes the influence of historical and political upheaval on the individual.  It follows the intertwined fortunes of a French aristocrat who rejects his family’s tradition of terrorizing the lower classes; a physician whose long imprisonment has left him a symbolic hero for the oppressed; the physician’s daughter who unknowingly marries a descendant of her father’s tormentors; a drunken lawyer who finds meaning in life through an unrequited love; and a mob leader whose sheer rage at the degradation of the lower classes demands vengeance and is woven into her knitting.  This new adaptation of the Dickens classic poses questions as pressing today as they were two centuries ago.  How does one prioritize loyalty?  Is violence ever justified?  What are the costs to society of a citizenry divided between rich and poor?  Can a single act of honor and love counteract a world filled with hatred?  And, in the face of war and terror perpetrated in the name of a broader cause, what is the definition of a life well lived?

A Tale of Two Cities
By Dwayne Hartford
Directed by Susan Kosoff with scenic design by Anita Fuchs, lighting design by John Malinowski, sound design by Dewey Dellay, and costume design by Lisa Simpson.
October 30, 2009 – November 29, 2009

Featuring Bill Mootos, Paul Melendy, Robin Eldridge, Jane Staab, M. Lynda Robinson, David Rothauser Kortney Adams, John Davin, Jonathan Overby, Cliff Odle, Tara Henry, De’Lon Grant, Dale Place, Brian Quint, and Audree Hedequist.

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