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TERRA NOVA - logo - designed by Jef FontanaTerra Nova
by Ted Tally

Jan. 11-26, 1991
Directed by Linda McDonald

In the winter of 1911-12, five Englishmen and five Norwegians raced each other to the bottom of the earth. Only the five Norwegians returned. This is the story of the Englishmen.

Drawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott, the action of the play blends scenes of the explorer and his men at various stages of their ordeal, with flashbacks of Scott and his young wife and with fateful glimpses of his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, whose party beat him to the South Pole.

Refusing the use of sled dogs as unsporting, Scott and his team struggle to drag their heavy gear across a frozen wasteland, only to find that Amundsen has preceded them to their goal. The play is also a study of British pride and upper-class resolve--Scottís aristocratic sense of destiny and command and his young brideís ability to understand her husbandís compulsive drive while failing to accept his motivations. But it is in the tragic trip back, as the members of the expedition die one by one, that the play reaches its dramatic apogee, capturing with chilling intensity the awesome bravery of men who must accept the bitter knowledge that suffering and death will be the only reward for their heroism.

 

 THE CAST    

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS

 Today a jukebox wails at the bottom of the world. Snug under a silvery metal geodesic dome, men live with all the comforts of home. Airplanes fly in fresh supplies and relief teams. Radios not only carry messages through the fierce Antarctic storms, but also pulse though the ice itself, probing for hidden bedrock.

But the land itself still holds unchallenged dominion, moving in its own mysterious patterns. In this frozen earth, where sky and snow meet in a rigid line, nothing hints that the ice is restless. The view is simple, abstract, pure. White snow, blue sky . . . and a wooden stake to mark the bottom of the world.

Here lies the South Geographical Pole. Here for a moment only. Tomorrow the ice will have crept centimeters. In a year, its moving surface will carry the stake dozens of meters away. Without a rock to tether this monument, the South Pole must always be discovered anew. One place, one turning. And perhaps a glimpse of man's patterns revealed.

- Linda McDonald

 

Cpt. Robert Scott

  Rob Zienta
Roald Amundsen   Jef Fontana
Kathleen Scott   Leslie Harrell
Lt. "Birdie" Bowers   Michael Waugh
"Doc" Bill Wilson   David Dobson
Cpt. Titus Oates   Randy Bumgarner
Lt. "Taffy" Evans   Jim Evans
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Linda McDonald
Asst. Director & Stage Manager   Vivian Moon
Set & Light Design   Ken Roth
Set Production   Les Thomas
Costumes   Jef Fontana
Linda McDonald
Props & Dialect Coach   Clarence Cullimore III
Sound Recording   Richard Corner
Light Crew   Steve P. Jones
Sound Crew   Jason Elliot
Running Crew   Paul Spacek
Sound Setup   Skip Bachman
Make-Up Effects   Kevin Clark
Logo Design   Jef Fontana
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Seabrook's Formal Wear - David Shuler - Thomas N. Haidek, Sr. - Christina Rich - Gene Robbins - BMI Systems Corp - Ares Surplus - Kenn & Judy, Anchorage, Alaska - Ray Paolino


Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
 

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