September 3-25, 2004
Theatre opened its 21st Season with
HAROLD & MAUDE, the stage version of the 1970s cult classic film by the
HAROLD & MAUDE is one of the most unconventional love
stories ever penned - both moving and filled with humor.
Harold is a
19-year-old rich kid who is fascinated with demolitions, funerals and mock
suicides staged to shock his mother.
At a funeral, he
meets Maude, a vivacious 79-year-old widow with eccentric hobbies of her own.
They quickly form a bond, to the horror of Harold’s mother. With Maude’s
"reach out - take a chance"
encouragement, Harold learns to truly live and love.
Film buffs will
remember Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort starring in the title roles of director Hal
Ashby’s 1971 movie. Cat Stevens provided the musical score. The film developed a
cult following throughout the 1970s, with numerous midnight showings on college
campuses across the country. Over the years, such
terms as “Harolding” and “Maudianism” were created (Harolding referring to the
habit of visiting cemeteries and Maudianism naming a philosophy of living each
day to the fullest).
originated as a 20-minute graduate thesis project when Higgins was a student at
UCLA. When he showed it to his landlady, the wife of a film producer, the two
formed a production company to make the full-length film. Later, Higgins
developed the story into a novel, and his stage play opened in New York in 1980.
Higgins went on
to write, direct, and produce such films as FOUL PLAY,
NINE TO FIVE and THE BEST LITTLE
WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. He died in 1988 from complications due to AIDS.