Although the compassionate Katie offers to leave her husband and go off with him, Yock accepts his status as an outcast and departs alone, but not before admitting that, while standing over the body of a slain German soldier, the meaning of pacifism was, at last, powerfully revealed to him. Do you have a review or opinion to share? Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. The play's quietly simple opening in plainsong, and rumours of a less than spark-filled opening night performance were quickly forgotten as the production exploded into full-flame. Squeezed between internationally acclaimed drama classics, that's to say I write this review after reading Albee, Moliere, Chislett and Chekhov in this order, Quiet in the Land fares very well. Publisher: Click on the publisher's name above for additional information, including updated prices. We feel sympathy for Yock and girl-next-door Kate and their unfulfilled love for each other.
Monologues Quiet in the Land Author s : Jacob Yock Bauman, a young member of an Amish community near Kitchener, Ontario, chafes at the strict and, he believes, outmoded beliefs of his elders, particularly those of his father, Christy. Set amongst the Old Order Amish in Southwestern Ontario during the First World War, Quiet in the Land pits the rebellious young Yock Michael Therriault against his fiercely traditional father Christy Bauman Stephen Russell , the bishop of a devoutly pacifist flock. It was like an Amish picnic. Jacob Yock Bauman, a young member of an Amish community near Kitchener, Ontario, chafes at the strict and, he believes, outmoded beliefs of his elders, particularly those of his father, Christy. The Melville Boys excites and saddens the emotions. Still, the men's stubbornness persists, and, more than Menno's revolt, it holds our attention.
As Christy and his neighbour Zepp Brubacher Robert King work to keep the government conscription officers at bay, Yock signs up to fight, fleeing his family and abandoning his beloved, Zepp's daughter Katie Lara-Jean Chorostecki. This focus is underscored in Tarasiuk's deft simultaneous staging of scenes from the Bauman and Brubacher households: with the help of subtle lighting Ereca Hassell , he establishes the contrast between the powerful contest of wills in the former, and the forgiving acquiescence to human foibles in the latter. Get tickets quickly, before it closes August 22. The answer, to judge from the revival of Anne Chislett's Quiet in the Land in the Tom Patterson Theatre at Stratford, is that it may take more than 30 years to build that depth of repertoire. He does it partly because of a conflict with his father. In the end, Yock's stern father now a bishop is vindicated--but at the loss of the one he sought to save, his beloved and only son! This is Franken's 10th season at Blyth and audiences may remember him most recently from Jake's Place and Ballad for a Rum Runner's Daughter.
Therriault produces a nice mix of earnestness and sarcasm as Yock tries to argue with his father, but doesn't raise much heat from the character's unconvincing change of heart when he returns chastened from the war. Her interpretation of the ex-wife in waiting is right on the money. It offers a wealth of characters and invites to introspection - whether the reader is religious or not. Hay, in her second season at Blyth, is Mary, the quietly repressed sister. Brothers Owen and Lee Melville arrive at their aunt's cottage for a weekend of fishing and beer. This should only take a few moments. A greater threat to the cohesion of the community lies in the questions that Yock's friend, Menno Jason Mitchell puts to the Amish elders about doctrine, and what he sees as the worldliness of their faith.
World War I is raging in Europe, and most of Canada's young men have gone off to fight with the British forces, but the Amish, because of their pacifist convictions, have refused to join the war effort. The images and themes presented by this wonderful cast will live long in your memory. For tickets, call 519 523-9300. Her plays have been produced throughout Canada, the United States, and Japan. The production brings to life the sustaining network of these relationships in the fine work director Andrey Tarasiuk gets from his cast in minor roles, including Chorostecki's sympathetic Katie, and Brigit Wilson as Katie's bustling, talkative mother Lydie, both of whom help make Katie's father Zepp Robert King the most humane figure in the piece. It was awarded the Los Angeles Critics Drama-Logue Award in 1988.
The two sisters who wreak havoc on the weekend are played by Sharon Bernbaum and Carolyn Hay. John Ferguson, the original designer, has crafted an ivory Amish grouping, a sparsely ingenious creation that allows bi-familial interplay between two houses that become a church hall or an army induction office with a few moves. She co-founded the Blyth Festival, a theatre festival dedicated to new works by Canadian playwrights, in 1975. For links to other Stratford Festival reviews see our Quiet in the Land By Anne Chislett Directed by Andrey Tarasiuk Cast: Stephen Russell, Michael Therriault, Joyce Campion, Robert King, Brigit Wilson, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Nazneen Contractor, Emilia Dallman Howley, David Kirby, Kim Horsman, Jason Mitchell, Tom Beattie, Brandon Wicke, David Francis, Peter Van Gestel, Jaosn Beyak, K. She was educated at Memorial University, St. By a clever technique of using strongly accented English on the rare occasions when the characters are speaking English to outsiders, we quickly understand that they are speaking High German among themselves. This he does in an amazing scene with almost no words, just body language of tearful, sobbing anguish.
Almost immediately, the audience is a part of this unfolding story of a young, Amish man who questions his faith and is drawn to the patriotic duty of fighting for his country. Essentially a morality play, Quiet is a finely drawn portrait of an old-order Amish community in Southwestern Ontario held together and set apart by its strict beliefs, German ancestry and pacifism. Jeremy King, who played Yock Bauman, the young man questioning his faith vs. Looking through the Globe's archives after I left the theatre, I discovered to my surprise that I had expressed doubts about the power of this script back in 1997, when I reviewed a revival at Blyth Festival. Her works Yankee Notions and Venus Sucked In: A Post-Feminist Comedy were performed on the program.
Having devoted three decades to the cause of new-play development, advocates of Canadian theatre are starting to think of posterity. We hardly recognized the Amish farmer Menno Miller, transformed this evening into redneck Owen, three weeks away from his nuptials and determined to sew another strain of oats. Tight and clean - a very good or better copy. So, the production does little to elevate a play that is workable, but certainly not memorable. The result is a searing interpretation of Chislett's play.
The emphasis of both Chislett's drama and this production make it an important, and highly relevant piece of 20th century theatre. In a production directed by Andrey Tarasiuk in a manner that also seems sadly predictable -- falling leaves indicate autumn and snowflakes waft down in winter -- Russell is left doing his best dour-faced depressive, scene after scene. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments. . This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Chislett pulls no punches in the story. World War I is raging in Europe, and most of Canada's young men have gone off to fight with the British forces, but the Amish, because of their pacifist convictions, have refused to join the war effort.