The Ridgefield Theater Barn
Abelard & Heloise: A Correspondence for the Stage in Two Acts By Ronald Duncan, Directed by Stefanie Woerdeman
AUDITION TIMES: 7-9pm. PRODUCTION DATES: July 13, 14, 20 & 21 or July 20, 21, 27, & 28. Weekend Performances Only
OVERVIEW: *Think a Medieval version of "Love Letters"*
Abelard and Heloise are a celebrated 12th century couple, known for their love affair... and for the tragedy that separated them.They are two well-educated people, brought together by their passion, then separated by the act of her uncle's vengeance. The story is tragic, but what's more interesting is what happened after the agony was over. They do not kill themselves, or marry anyone else (unless you count the fact that both married the church). Instead, they continue to live, write and love separately in religious seclusion. Based on the seven letters which form the correspondence between Heloise and Abelard, this play explores how their love is reignited through their letters in the presence of the Church, the monasteries and convents of twelfth century France.