by Christopher Hampton
based on the novel by Sándor Márai
as translated by Carol Brown Janeway
directed by Joe Dowling
As a young man, Konrad ran away, leaving his best friend Henrik and Henrik's wife Krisztina with no explanation. "Coward," she calls him. Forty-one years, two world wars and Krisztina's death later, Konrad has returned and Henrik wants answers. Two questions have been gnawing at him all this time - but they're not the questions Konrad expects. Embers is a fascinating study of passion (love and hate), truth, friendship, the urge to be the stronger and the need to survive.
"Beautiful, sad and absorbing, this is a piece to be pondered and savored -- a leisurely and delicious meal of several courses, each one more satisfying than the last." ~Janet Preus, HowWasTheShow.com
Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes including one intermission.
|Henrik||James A. Stephens|
||Christine A. Richardson
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HowWasTheShow.com: "this is a piece to be pondered and savored - a leisurely and delicious meal of several courses, each one more satisfying than the last."
MinnPost: "It's a pent-up piece that reveals itself reluctantly, the opposite of a spectacle, but it rewards you with deep feeling that lingers."
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