In a not-so-distant Beckettian future, years after The Big War, a tiny kingdom wrestles with the problems of running a nation, sparring with the concepts of what makes a citizen, a country, and a civilization. More…
From the show:
TERRA FIRMA is set in a not-so-distant Beckettian future–years after a conflict known as the Big War, in which a tiny kingdom wrestles with the problems of running a nation–and opposing notions of what makes a citizen, a country, and a civilization. The play is inspired by a real-life event and its aftermath: In 1960’s Britain, a retired WWII army major claimed an abandoned aircraft platform in international waters off the coast of Essex as his own sovereign nation, planted his flag, and coined a motto, E Mare Libertas! (From the Sea, Freedom!). TERRA FIRMA was originally a commission for the Royal Court Theatre, the premiere venue for new writing in the UK. This production is co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center.
See it if You want to support a new theater company doing important work. Also see it if you like impressive design and strong acting.
Don't see it if If you want traditional pieces and don’t like apocalyptic themes.
See it if You like theater based on true events, want to journey through the birth of a nation, enjoy dystopian societies, like the movie Water World
Don't see it if You're in the mood for a musical, something lively, not interested in what it means to be a society or a nation
See it if You like really great acting and a story that doesn’t make you want to nod off or sit there and think about something else.
Don't see it if You don’t want to give a new company a shot. It’s a tough climate but the coop is bringing it!
See it if You want a play in the vein of the children, which is a british drama about people facing apocalyptic circumstances.
Don't see it if You want a play with a story, with drive, with characters you can get invested in.
See it if You’re in the mood for Beckett, but warmer — the family dynamics and camaraderie lend a sweetness to it. Beautiful acting.
Don't see it if You want a big Broadway movie musical. Again, it’s like Beckett — more existentialism (though not pretentious!) than flash.
See it if you want to laugh, cry, and think. It's a show that dabbles in the absurd, but nails the poignancy of our complicated present moment.
Don't see it if You don't like theatrical worlds and existential questions
See it if you like great writing and great acting about extremely topical material. It's a brilliant world they have created. Revelatory and profound.
Don't see it if you want direct, simple answers to life's most profound and complex questions.