The performance is based on Daniel Keyes’ novel Flowers for Algernon. A short story titled Flowers for Algernon was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1959 and received the 1960 Hugo Award (a readers’ choice award given at annual science fiction conventions). The author not only introduces new narrative and plot development techniques, but makes these innovations appear natural. This is, first and foremost, a wonderful story.
The year 1966 saw a novel with the same name, and Daniel Keyes won the Nebular Award (a professional literary prize given by a vote of the members of the American Science Fiction Writers Organization). In 1968, director Ralf Nelson created a rather successful film Charlie. Actor Cliff Robertson, who played the main character Charlie Gordon, won an Oscar for Best Male Actor. There was also a musical Broadway production Charlie and Algernon that came out in 1980.
The performance premiered on October 29, 2007.
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There are no accidental details in the production, the title included. The performance is full of detail, the director and the company did not just read the novel, but lived it through and made it a part of themselves.
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