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Q: "Embrace Life" as a theme in drama? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: "Embrace Life" as a theme in drama?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: agrossman-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 12 Mar 2004 00:43 PST
Expires: 11 Apr 2004 01:43 PDT
Question ID: 315929
I'm looking for a well-known play that deals primarily with the theme
of "embracing life."  Ideally, the play will follow a hero's
transformation from apathetic to enthusiastic in this respect.  Play
must be well known.
Subject: Re: "Embrace Life" as a theme in drama?
Answered By: scribe-ga on 12 Mar 2004 09:21 PST
Are you familiar with the stage adaptation of the Thomas Wolfe novel,
?Look Homeward Angel??  In 1958, the adaptation by Ketti Frings won
the Pultizer Prize in 1958, as well a New York Drama Critics award.

The novel, which is subtitled ?The Buried Life? is autobiographical.
Its hero, like Wolfe, is a young man oppressed by a dysfunctional
family and a provincial environment, who works up the courage to
escape and ?embrace life.?

Here is how one website describes Frings? dramatic adaptation: 

Look Homeward, Angel is a coming-of-age story that
deals with family, love and life in the American South 
in 1916. Our play will focus on the ways in which memory
becomes our reality over time. It will explore the ties 
that repressively bind us to our families and loved ones.
We are all bound to our past, and this production will
explore that theme as it illuminates one young man's first
experiences with love, loss, and triumphant new beginnings.

The play ends with the hero striking out and leaving home, hungry for
life. (The novel narrates what happens thereafter, as well.)

(Wolfe grew up in Asheville, NC, where his mother ran a boarding
house. That house, by the way, is about to reopen to visitors, fully
restored after a devastating fire.)

The play seems to be out of print, but you can obtain used copies from
several sources:

Please let me know if this is NOT the sort of play for which you were
looking, and I would be happy to ?clarify my answer? with further

All the best,
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