actors & poets group, inc.

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." Mark Twain

For the 2009 spring season!
THE BOOK OF MERLYN
This final book of the trilogy, "Once and Future King", is ripe for dramatization: it has King Arthur, Merlyn and all the multitude of fuzzy, and not so fuzzy, animals of the natural kingdom. Laced with magic, sprinkled with humor and written in glorious grand English from the masterful hand of T.H. White it begs to be produced on the stage! But outside of a brilliant entertainment, it is a deadly serious subject: WAR. To the trilogy it is in some ways an after-thought. First of all it was not published with the original work which adapted Malory into modern English. And it reveals a gnawing discontent: the polemical debate over man's warring nature. T.H. White wrote this in 1939, while Hitler was preparing to invade England, in a state in which he felt he was "suffocating in propaganda instead of gas, slowly feeling our minds go dead." Obviously foremost in his mind was the singular oddity that the human species kills its own kind. And that is the topic, theme and subject of this play. Now, it's in the hands of the actors to make a whole new work of it.