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a drama by David Edgar

A gripping life and death story about art being conscripted for politics.

Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre

October 7 - 17, 2010


The Story:  In an abandoned church in a post-Soviet-era Eastern European country, a museum curator has discovered a fresco that could radically change the history of western art and re-establish her country’s national identity. As she struggles through language barriers to authenticate the find, competing interest groups – from art historians, to religious groups, to the state itself - vie to claim ownership of the work. Suddenly, an unexpected situation changes the power structure, leading to surprising and shocking conclusions for both the artistic mystery and political intrigue.

Background:  Best known for his Tony Award-winning adaptation of The Adventures of Nicolas Nickleby, David Edgar is one of England’s premier contemporary political playwrights. Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Pentecost is the second in a trilogy of political plays dealing with the transition of Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The work won the esteemed Play of the Year Award from the London Evening Standard in 1995. Wonderfully thought-provoking, Edgar’s drama presents a dazzling array of ideas about how we define nationalism, conflicting attitudes toward art, and the need for a global community. The New York Times declared “In a modern play that risks dealing with bravery, passion and sacrifice, prejudice and pride — the inevitability of war and the improbability of peace — Mr. Edgar imagines the unimaginable. With bitterness. And with hope.”



Josh Berkowitz (West Bloomfield, MI), Emily Berman (Chicago, IL),
Alli Brown (Bloomfield Township, MI), Reed Campbell (San Francisco, CA),
Emma Donson (Ossining, NY), Alexandra Eden (Montgomery, AL),
Jeffery Owen Freelon, Jr. (Chicago, IL), Aimée Garcia (Cumming, GA),
Keleki Gottschalk (San Rafael, CA), Gordon Granger (Mamaroneck, NY),
Elly Jarvis (St. Cloud, MN), Paul Koch (Mill Valley, CA),
Myles Mershman (Shelby Township, MI), Jesse Peri (Stinson Beach, CA),
Joey Richter (Laguna Niguel, CA), Devin Rossinsky (Roslyn Hieghts, NY),
Dan Rubens (Mattawan, MI), Yuriy Sardarov (Highland Park, IL),
Quinn Scillian (Grosse Pointe Park, MI),

Madeline Sharton (Newton Highlands, MA), Matthew Socha (Naperville, IL), Sango Tajima (Hyogo, Japan), Derek Joseph Tran (Temple City, CA), Brittany Uomoleale (Westport, CT)

giotto lamentation

Artistic Staff

Director Malcolm Tulip
Scenic Designer Marguerite Woodward
Costume Designer Corey Lubowich
Lighting Designer Adam McCarthy
Sound Designer Colin Fulton
Stage Manager

Rachael Albert


Hope Persists in a Fractured World

by dramaturg Matthew Bouse

WSJ article on religious archeological find in Bulgaria

Information on Giotto's Lamentation


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower