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    The Foundation

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    The Foundation is seen through the eyes of an aspiring writer, Thomas, whose remarkable imagination and severe disillusionment have allowed him to immerse his reality-being a prisoner of war in a bare cell with five other inmates in a nondescript era-to a fanciful world where he is a free man in a research lab with his girlfriend, the guards as waiters and so on. It is only when the layers of reality become unclouded in Thomas's eyes that the audience truly sees the hopeless world he lives in; the setting, as it is, deteriorating from ornate to decrepit and unadorned. Emblematic of suffering during Franco's Spain, Stephen Holden of the New York Times said in his 1989 review, "In Thomas's awakening, the eminent playwright . . . has created a powerful, resounding metaphor for the shaking off of political slumber. But he carries the fable farther and to richer depths, suggesting that imprisonment is a basic condition of life itself, and in a final paradoxical stroke, embraces to a degree the sort of fantasy that the play had seemed to explore." Buero-Vallejo's The Foundation was originally banned in Spain, as were many plays in the Franco era, and was finally produced in 1974. The only New York production of the English translation was produced in 1989 at Theatre for the New City under the wings of James Houghton. The play itself is drawn from Buero-Vallejo's own experiences during six years of imprisonment during the Spanish Civil War as he was moved around from prison to prison after his own death sentence was revoked. Buero-Vallejo is known for his powerful use of imagery and soundscapes in his political dramas, such as The Sleep of Reason and The Music Window, and best known for his signature "immersion effect" where the audience is swept into a world through theatrical manipulation, usually into the point of view of one of the characters.

    Dates:  Nov. 6, 2002 - Nov. 23, 2002
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.
    Venue:  Trilogy Theatre, 341 West 44th St
    Price:  $15, sen/std $10
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    Tickets/info:  (212) 501-2282

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