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November 15, 2006

UMBC Department of Theatre Presents "The Faulkner Project: As I Lay Dying," Directed by Robert Allen

November 29 - December 9, 2006
UMBC Theatre

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Note: You may view or download this release as a pdf file.

The UMBC Department of Theatre presents The Faulkner Project: As I Lay Dying, directed by Robert Allen at the UMBC Theatre from November 29 through December 9.

What makes William Faulkner one of the truly visionary American writers of the 20th century? The Department of Theatre at UMBC takes on the world of Faulkner, focusing on his groundbreaking novel As I Lay Dying. More than a straightforward adaptation, The Faulkner Project seeks to unleash the haunted power of his provocative world and compelling characters.

The novel As I Lay Dying follows the adventures of the Bundren family as they embark on an extraordinary quest to bury their mother Addie in the town of her birth—her dying wish. This effort subjects the clan to nothing less than fire and flood, as well as tragedy and comedy on a scale comparable to James Joyce’s Ulysses. Written as a series of inner monologues from the perspectives of the different personalities, Faulkner’s text unfolds a macabre story that offers a profound revelation of the human soul. An epic journey lightly disguised as a funeral procession, the work explores the secret nature of character, hope, love, and the struggle of the artist.

Directed and conceived by Robert Allen, The Faulkner Project: As I Lay Dying was adapted by Justine Moore and features set design by Tamas Szalczer, costume and makeup design by Melanie Lester, light design by Terry Cobb, sound design by UMBC student Brian Rudell vocal and dialect coaching by Christopher Marino and dramaturgy by UMBC graduate Gedalya Chinn. UMBC Associate Professor Emeritus Larry Lasher provided expertise as a Faulkner scholar.

Wednesday, November 29, 8 pm (preview)
Thursday, November 30, 8 pm (opening night)
Friday, December 1, 8 pm
Saturday, December 2, 8 pm
Sunday, December 3, 4 pm
Thursday, December 7, 4 pm (free for the UMBC campus community)
Friday, December 8, 8 pm
Saturday, December 9, 8 pm

$10 general admission; $5 students and seniors; $3 for the preview.
The performance on Thursday, December 7th is free for the UMBC campus community.
Tickets are available through MissionTix at or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950.

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Tickets: 410-752-8950
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Posted by tmoore at November 15, 2006 1:24 PM