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    The Eliots

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    A poetic performance piece based on T.S. Eliot and his estranged wife Vivienne's relationship. The play, provoked by the recent biography "Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot, and the Long-Suppressed Truth About Her Influence on His Genius" by Carole Seymour Jones, is staged with the same aplomb as the poetry and prose of T.S. Eliot, particularly "The Waste Land." The Eliots explores their disturbed relationship, and its emotional influence on his work through a collage of text and movement, responding to the scope and cadence of Eliot's language, his spiritual acuity, and baffling personal life. "The Eliots adopts a collage aesthetic modeled after "The Waste Land" — combining history and rhythm, high and low culture, the obscure, beautiful, and colloquial, with massive stylistic shifts," says director/ writer Lear deBessonet. "Once you know the story of his relationship with Vivienne, his works seem to be a sance calling it back to life. He reincarnates both Vivienne and himself over and over again in different fictionalized forms, and that is precisely how we are going to investigate their story."

    Dates:  April 29, 2004 - May 9, 2004
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sun. 8 p.m., matinee May 8 at 2 p.m.
    Venue:  Center Stage NY, 48 West 21st St., 4th floor
    Price:  $15
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444

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