Ludlowe Drama Club presents Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club announces its fall production, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize Novella, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, adapted for the stage by Cynthia Meier for three performances in the Ludlowe Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Tickets, at $8, will be sold at the door.

Frances Kondziela, the Fairfield Ludlowe Drama Director, contacted the Thornton Wilder Estate and was granted special permission to present the play, which was first produced last spring in Arizona. “Our production will be even more exciting this year, since our Drama students will be presenting the East Coast Premiere of the play!, Kondziela said. Come see this dramatic, compelling story and support the high school Drama students.”

Nor does the story lack drama, starting with the very first sentence: “On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below.” Brother Juniper, a witness to the tragedy, dedicates himself to discovering why those five perished.

Today, The Bridge remains a perennial favorite. Wilder’s novel continues to hold meaning for people the world over. In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, British Prime Minister Tony Blair read from The Bridge’s closing lines at a memorial service for British victims of the World Trade Center attack: “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

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