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.