The Carousel Goes Around and Around
Liliom is dead. He died ingloriously and is mourned by few if any. He is found wanting by the eternal magistrate but is offered a chance to redeem himself.
When and Where:
Monday March 12 at 7 pm in Room 9
Friday March 16 at 1:30 in Room A
Tuesday March 27 at 7 pm in Room 9
Liliom by Ferenc Molnar; trans by B. F. Glazer
To read the original play that was the basis for the well-known musical Carousel
Liliom is not a nice person. There is nothing to like about him. Listen to this bit of dialog:
Magistrate: You beat that poor, frail girl; you beat her because she loved you. How could you do that?
Liliom: We argued with each other â€“ she said this and I said that â€“ and because she was right I couldnâ€™t answer her â€” and then I beat her.
And yet â€” and yet, somehow one canâ€™t help but feel sorry for him. And wish he would be different. But he never is. Itâ€™s a disturbing play. The catchy tunes of the musical serve to somewhat disguise the essential tragedy of the play.
We read Liliom eleven years ago and I still remember the emotional impact it had. Iâ€™m really looking forward to reading it again. Wouldnâ€™t you like to be part of this experience? Come join us at any of our three readings next March. Send me an email or call me if youâ€™d like more information. Let me know youâ€™re coming â€“ or just show up.
Philip Hodge, Chair