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Red River College (Venue 11), to July 22

After decades of probing the human psyche, retired Winnipeg psychologist-turned-playwright Bruce Sarbit delves into one man’s existential search for national, individual and spiritual identity.

That man is Basque educator, philosopher and writer Miguel de Unamuno, who played an important role in the intellectual life of his beloved Spain.

In this meaty piece of documentary theatre, Sarbit distills from de Unamuno’s life and writings a poetic monologue about the final days of his house arrest in 1936 during the early days of the Spanish Civil War, and his insatiable hunger for immortality.

Winnipeg stage veteran Harry Nelken (who also co-directs with Brian Richardson) delivers a powerful, passionate performance, bringing life to a script in which not a word is wasted. At 55 minutes, this is dense fringe fare and obviously won’t fit everyone’s definition of entertainment.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

'Spain. The Civil War. Having angered the Fascists, outspoken philosopher Miguel de Unamuno is placed under house arrest. His burning concern: Will he be remembered when he dies?

An all-Winnipeg endeavour: By Bruce Sarbit, featuring Brian Richardson as Unamuno, with Harry Nelken in his directorial debut.

"Look for me now so that I shall tremble within you."

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees

Warnings: Gunshots

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM CDT:
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