History Revisited in All the King’s Men

“You see, they figured I’d do anything they told me, and they tried to run it over me like I was dirt.” From l, Thomas F. Evans, Gordon Carmadelle, and Georgan George in “All the King’s Men.”

One of the most widely read works, earning a Pulitzer Prize, All the King’s Men, written by Robert Penn Warren, graces the stage at the El Portal Theatre. It is a sure fire, must-see ticket for pure historical edification and theatrical illumination, as this period in Louisiana’s political history magically comes to life. Little known facts surrounding the history of both the personal and professional lives and the journey of Jack Burden (Gordon Carmadelle), the journalist and idealist in 1930s Louisiana, and rising political star Willie Stark (Thomas F. Evans) are presented by a most talented (and quite extensive!) ensemble. For those who have a deep passion and interest for this historic time period, the story unfolds as the audience and Burden himself becomes entrenched in Stark’s career — almost vicariously living it.

In these uncertain times, amidst economic collapse and lack of faith in our nation’s crumbling leadership, it is refreshing to see a portrayal of a solid, historical leader in Willie Stark. Director David Chrzanowski states, “Warren writes such beautifully poetic and fully fleshed out characters.” One truly eloquent line of dialogue: “You live with words your whole life … and then it’s over.” This line pretty much captures the essence of this exquisite production.

All the King’s Men plays at the El Portal Theatre thru Sept. 15 on

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

For tickets, visit nolaprods.com or call (866) 811-4111.

 


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