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Educating Rita by Willy Russell
May 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Join us for a talk back at 4:30 p.m. with Director Stephen Ross, Artistic Director of the Eventide Theatre Company Toby Wilson and the cast members immediately following the show. Themes discussed will be about social mobility, freedom through knowledge, and finding one’s place in the world.
More about the play: Frank is a cynical, burned‐out English professor, who drinks far too much whiskey. Rita is a hairdresser and a bit naïve. She has however, a wonderful and indeed desperate thirst for knowledge and she chooses Frank of all people to introduce her to culture.
The play deals with the concept of freedom, and the nature of self-development and of personal relationships. About how the need for knowledge and gaining access to it helps to shape and change a person’s identity. Rita sees all that she wants to be, not just educated but confident in knowing the “right” way to behave. But she also learns that the “greener grass” of his world has flaws as does her own.