I became aware of this play when Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, portrayed the lead character during a run of the play not too long ago in New York. Shame on me! Sir Peter Shaffer’s play was written in 1973 and is considered to be a modern classic.
In a psychiatric hospital located in southern England psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart (Noel Burton) has a very interesting patient in 17-year-old Alan Strang (Bobby Lamont). Alan has been institutionalized because he has deliberately blinded six horses. As Dysart begins talking to Alan he is forced to question his own ideas about passion and morals. Lines are drawn between the two and a father/son relationship ensues during the ensuing “therapy”.
Nothing in the Paul Van Dyck directed play is black or white and it encourages us to look at what Alan has done and the world around us in shades of grey. Equus is set in a time of religious extremism and looks at cults, ritual and sacrifice. The play brings the focus away from the horrible acts that Alan has committed to an investigation as to what brought him to do it. Can a horrible act be forgiven if it was done in the name of faith? This is the question posed to the audience, who are invited to give their two cents worth in the decision regarding what Alan has done.
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-Ticket Prices: Adults – $30.00
Students & Seniors – $24.00
-Show Times: Tuesday-Thursday – 7:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 – 8:00 p.m.