2022/23 Mainstage Season
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Charles McMahon
September 8 - October 9, 2022
Zürich, 1917. In Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning comic masterpiece, obscure British diplomat Henry Carr and Dadaist Tristan Tzara are in love with Cecily and Gwendolen, but Cecily is in love with communism and someone named Jack. James Joyce stages a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and the action gets heated when Vladimir Lenin bursts onto the scene. Soon everyone in neutral Switzerland is at war over the question, "What does it mean to be an artist and a revolutionary?"
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"Down with literary supermen!": Vladimir Lenin
One of the 20th century s most significant revolutionaries is also one of the main players in Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing": Tristan Tzara and Dada
The avant-garde poet and performance artist pioneered the Dada movement while living in WWI Zürich, as featured in Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Make It New": World War I's Impact on the Creative Class
The war's unprecedented destruction brought new art forms to life
"Send us bright one": James Joyce and his Modernist Masterpiece
Irish modernist author and poet James Joyce was on the cusp of his greatest masterpiece while living in 1917 Zürich, as featured in Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Life and times, friend of the famous": Henry Carr
The real-life figure and theatrical production that inspired Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Great days... Zürich during the war": 1917 Zürich
Why Switzerland was a magnet for artists and revolutionaries during World War I – and how it stayed that way
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David Bardeen as Bennett • Leonard C. Haas as Henry Carr • Morgan Charéce Hall as Gwendolen • Gregory Isaac as Lenin • Dave Johnson as Tristan Tzara • Anthony Lawton as James Joyce • Lee Minora as Nadya • Campbell O'Hare as Cecily
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Nick Embree, Scenic Designer • Marla Jurglanis, Costume Designer • Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Maria Carroll, Assistant Director
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.