Time Period - 1960s, 18th Century
Settings Of Play - Accra, Ghana, in 1961, soon after independence.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Intense Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
She Talks to Beethoven, written by pioneering avant-garde playwright Adrienne Kennedy in 1989, offers a layered discourse on politics, revolution and loss. Set in Ghana, Suzanne waits in her room listening to radio broadcasts about her husband who has mysteriously disappeared while she attempts to write about and communicate with composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Her world is infiltrated by snatches of Ghanaian string music, the revolutionary words of Frantz Fanon and strains of Beethoven's Fidelio. Suzanne, recovering from an unspecified illness hovers in displaced time and space fluctuating between Vienna, Austria, in 1803, and Accra, Ghana, in 1961.
"To many, Ms. Kennedy has blended the surreal and the social to invent a new dramatic form." - The New York Times
"[Kennedy creates] “hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas [that powerfully explore] the violence racism visits on people’s lives.” - Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
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Adrienne Kennedy and Her Disavowal of Time and Space
by Taylor Steele
February 4, 2016
She Talks to Beethoven was first produced by River Arts in Woodstock, New York, and directed by Clinton Turner Davis in June 1989.