Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Valhalla by Paul Rudnick


VALHALLA intertwines two stories: the life of Ludwig of Bavaria, the 1880s Mad King responsible for building a series of storybook castles inspired by Wagnerian operas, and the fictional adventures of James Avery, a wild Texas teenager of the 1940s. These two iconoclasts are tracked from childhood through their deaths, and while they embody separate eras, they are ultimately revealed as time-traveling soul mates. The play explores questions of beauty and madness, as both Ludwig and James pursue lives of operatic passion, bringing them in contact with such diverse figures as a high-school quarterback, the prettiest girl in Dainsville, Texas, most of the characters of Lohengrin and Princess Sophie, who declares herself the loneliest humpback in Europe. VALHALLA is a comic epic, confronting the price to be paid for wanting, and getting, everything you dream of.

- From Dramatists Play Service


The cast included:
  • Keith Launey
  • Shannon Williams
  • Liz Mills
  • Cammie West
  • Carlos Gonzalez, and
  • Christopher Alan Weaver
Directed by Glenn Meche, this was the production that established To Do as an important component of the New Orleans theatre scene.

Read what the critics had to say here.

(Archival Information)

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