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Ryan Recommends: Conversations in Tusculum

By: Ryan Quinn

Nelson, Richard – Conversations in Tusculum

You may remember Richard Nelson from writing the book for the Broadway musical Chess, but this couldn’t be further removed from it. Conversations in Tusculum is a two-act play about the conversations Brutus, Cassius, and Cicero had before deciding to kill Caesar. Beautifully written, and full of potential monologues, if the character suits. I really loved it, but the reviewers seemed to think it was too cyclical and the characters did not undergo enough changes to keep the attention of the audience. However, that’s what struck me about it. It’s an exploration of the rationale that goes into an act of extreme violence, but it does not give the audience an easy out by letting the act take place onstage. It’s certainly worth reading as an insight into the motivations of the conspirators alone, but the philosophical significance of what the characters discuss is simply breathtaking at times. Cicero especially, who we are likely to initially dismiss as being not as important as Brutus or Cassius, delivers speeches that really resonate through to our time. I’d love to see a production of it in Toronto, but until then, give it a read, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

2008 – 4 Males, 2 Females

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Thoughts on Theatre Gargantua’s IMPRINTS

“Hauntingly Palpable Elements to a Story Looking at the Idea of What We Feel but Cannot Quite put a Finger on – Magic!”

Theatre Gargantua’s IMPRINTS – Playing at the Factory Theatre Studio Space only for a few more nights!

“Why are there ghosts inside me?” “Why who would you be without them?” This is the concept of Michael Spence’s IMPRINTS – exploring the idea that the ghosts from your ancestral past do not only supply your genetic make-up, but they may also contribute to who you are…

Read the rest of these “Thoughts on Theatre Gargantua’s IMPRINTS” at Reviews

And then he heard our call…

Only a week after launching the site and posting Alex Johnson’s eloquent letter to the playwright, Tom Walmsley got in touch with us! We were so thrilled to hear from him and we’re even happier to share his response.

Thank you Tom from all of us In the Greenroom.

Read Tom Walmsley’s response in Featured articles.