Heartwood Presents T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” performed by John Farrell

For two nights only, Heartwood Regional Theater Company features John Farrell, presenting T.S. Eliot’s crowning poetic achievement, Four Quartets. Why poetry? One listener put it this way. “Because something happens in the twilight of the room, in the intimate space among performer and listeners, in the openings between the words and ourselves as we lean forward and toward the poetry, as we hear the language that Farrell listens into being.” - Kristin Langellier, Professor, University of Maine.

In 2007, actor and poet Farrell set out to accomplish a goal of which he had dreamed for a quarter century. Over the next three years, he committed to memory the complete text of Four Quartets, a complex, deeply moving meditation on the human spirit, time, memory, and human striving toward the divine.

In the spring of 2011, under the direction of Heartwood’s Artistic Director, Griff Braley, with special permission from the Eliot Estate, Farrell transformed an inner vision into a staged recitation which affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in these 1,000 lines of poetry, spoken from memory.

Now performing outside of the state, John returns to Damariscotta, where he first recited Four Quartets to a grateful audience, leaving one member to speak for many saying, “I want to say, no I will say, this was the most intense theatrical experience of my life."Visit www.figures.org/productions/FourQuartets/ for reviews.

Two evening performances will be presented at Skidompha Library, in Damariscotta, on Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12. Seating is very limited, and reservations are highly recommended, available at 563-1373 or info@heartwoodtheater.org. For more details, visit www.heartwoodtheater.org.


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