“T” IS FOR TOM: Tom Stoppard’s Radio Works

Monday, June 6, 2011

7:00 PM

Tom Stoppard, one of the most celebrated dramatists of his time, cut his dramatic teeth on radio dramas at the BBC.  The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR presents one of his radio dramas as part of “T” Is for Tom, a cycle of rare early works by England’s most intellectually nimble playwright.

In the Native State
“The clock has gone quite mad…we cannot put it back,” observes a character in the drama “In the Native State.” But that is just what this Anglo-Indian memory play—the basis for Stoppard’s stage play “India Ink”—sets out to do.  The action shifts back and forth between the Colonial India of the 1930s and present-day England.  In the past, a young Indian painter creates the portrait of an unconventional female poet; in the present, the painter’s son and the poet’s sister try to unravel the mystery of a complex friendship during a time when the Indian independence movement was fomenting.  As in “Arcadia,” a new production of which is currently on Broadway, the playwright uses painting and poetry as portals into the lives of characters who cannot always speak directly.

Director: Cecilia Rubino

“T” IS FOR TOM is presented as part of A New Theater of Sound in collaboration with Yorinks Theater Group and is produced by Sarah Montague and Arthur Yorinks.  The Executive Producer of the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space is Indira Etwaroo. 

A New Theater of Sound is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

AOC Fine Wines is the exclusive artisinal wine partner of The Greene Space.