Tonight is student night at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts newest production: Heartbreak House. The show, playing at the Space Theatre, offers a perfect opportunity for homeschooling parents of older students to enter into the literature of George Bernard Shaw.
Transport your teens back to the English countryside as World War I looms on the horizon. Have them watch the pampered, privileged and powerful of the day enjoy frivolous pursuits as war (and disaster) draws near. They’ll experience Shaw’s comedy mixed with drama and the stage will be set for thought, discussion and learning.
Shaw, an Irish playwright and critic lived in London in the late 1800’s and for years was an active member of the socialist Fabian Society. He wrote 10 plays prior to writing Heartbreak House (published in 1919) and as his writings and speeches had already made him a controversial public figure.
Shaw’s purpose for writing Heartbreak House: His desire to draw attention to what he perceived as the spiritual bankruptcy present in society.
Shaw’s most notable technique for drawing home his point of view in Heartbreak House: Shaw chose not to mention the war until the play’s conclusion when enemy airplanes drop bombs upon the cast, killing two of the characters. Despite the destruction, the surviving characters hope the bombers will return. Why? They were so excited by the action!
Undoubtedly, your teens will be ready to talk after seeing Heartbreak House.
Student night for Heartbreak House is tonight at the Stage Theatre. However, if tonight isn’t a good night for your family, the production will run through April 29th. Tickets start at $35 and student rush $10 tickets are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID subject to availability.
The production is recommended for ages 15 and up as it does contain adult themes. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: denvercenter.org or call 303.893.4100.