The Heiress: November 8 - 17, 2013
Henry James. Washington Square. Academy Award. Best Picture. Broadway success. These are all words that evoke the image of The Heiress, a classic period story that is nevertheless timeless in its ability to engage us with characters and conflict that are just as meaningful today as they were in 1850.
The play is set in an elegant home in New York’s most prestigious area, Washington Square. The time and place of the play give the Director and her crew license to create a marvelously visual package of over 30 period costumes, along with a rich set and wonderful period decorations.
The music incorporated into the production is especially noteworthy. The orchestral music, from Aaron Copland’s The Heiress Suite, was composed for the story. The theme song, Plaisir d’Amour, was actually written in France in 1784, so it was well known in 1850. The English translation displays the beauty of the sentiment, and of course the poignancy of the play itself:
“The joys of love are but a moment long; the pain of love endures the whole life long.”
Roseann Wilshere, Director
The Heiress – by Ruth & Augustus Goetz - Directed by Roseann Wilshere. Period Drama; the touching story of a woman who loses her heart, but gains her dignity. (Recently performed on Broadway).