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 – she said this and I said that – and because she was right I couldn’t answer her – and then I beat her.
And yet – and yet, somehow one can’t help but feel sorry for him. And wish he would be different. But he never is. It’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. I’m really looking forward to reading it again. Wouldn’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 you’d like more information. Let me know you’re coming – or just show up.
Philip Hodge, Chair