This fall, join Arís for a very special performance series commemorating the one-hundredth aniversary of Armistice Day, which was to end "The War To End All Wars". We are assembling a program of events and performances based on the impact of this historical event, including music, lectures, a staged reading of "Home and Beauty" by M. Somerset Maugham, and our production of "Not About Heroes" by Stephen MacDonald.
Not About Heroes
by Stephen MacDonald
In June 1917 a young English soldier named Wilfred Owen was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital to treat the shell shock he was suffering after four months in the trenches in France. While he was there he met Siegfried Sassoon, a well-known poet. This meeting sparked a friendship that would inspire Owen to write what is thought of as the finest poetry to come out of World War I. This touching play seeks, and finds, joy and art in the midst of war. Directed by Frank Miller.
Home and Beauty
by M. Somerset Maugham
W. Somerset Maugham called his play "a farce in three acts". We find it a fascinating slice of history and theatre, with a comic wit that will make you think more than twice. Directed by John Ammerman.
Presented at 7 Stages Theatre Back Stage.
Day of Remembrance
Our observation of the anniversary of Armistice includes a centenary service, luncheon, special guest speakers, and reception.
Music and Poetry of the Era
Some of the most touching and enduring reflections on mankind and mortality came in the poetry of the WWI Era. We present selections of some of the best, words and wisdom that will touch you forever. We will also present music of the time, a rare look into the lives of those who witnessed this period.
Presented at Manuel's Tavern.