May 7 and 8

‘Humble Boy’

FUSION Theatre Company Presents

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Admission: $20-$40

Students: $10

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The Lensic is proud to present FUSION Theatre Company’s production of Humble Boy on May 7 and 8. The play is the fourth in Albuquerque-based FUSION’s 2012-2013 Santa Fe season at The Lensic.

Written by British playwright and actress Charlotte Jones and set in contemporary England, Humble Boy is a funny and poignant retelling of the Hamlet story. The play debuted at London’s National Theatre in 2001 and won the United Kingdom’s Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play in that year.  FUSION’s production is directed by company co-founder Laurie Thomas (Time Stands Still, First Love) and stars Paul Blott, Kelley Hazen, Bruce Holmes, Jacqueline Reid, Gregory Wagrowski, and Santa Fe resident Acushla Bastible.

In Humble Boy, 35-year-old Cambridge astrophysicist Felix Humble returns to his middle England home following the sudden death of his father, an entomologist and devoted beekeeper. Upon arrival, Felix discovers that his difficult and demanding mother has gotten rid of all his father’s belongings, including his beloved bees. Felix also learns of his mother plans to remarry.

Felix is a brilliant but troubled man whose work at Cambridge involves searching for a unified field theory—a mother of all theories that covers all the patterns, variables, and superstrings of the cosmos. On his journey home, however, he realizes that his search for unity must include a personal chaos theory, and he discovers the power of love and the essential complexities within the human soul.

Reviewing the 2001 National Theatre production of Humble Boy, Ian Shuttleworth of the Financial Times (UK) had this to say about the play: “[Humble Boy is] the kind of English play that they don't really write any more, though in truth they scarcely ever did: a play with an immensely smart head and a big, puzzled but so engaging heart. Imagine the best of recent Tom Stoppard, but with a more genuine sense of emotional wonder.”

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