There is an exhilaration to flying above the clouds that is like no other sensation.
It is the romance of flight that anchors “North,” at 59E59 Theaters in a for/word company production through October 28th. The characters in “North” are real, the story drawn from a wealth of printed materials.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Christina Ritter) was an accomplished and complicated woman. She was a writer, and mother, the daughter of an ambassador, and wife of a celebrity aviator. She was, also, a pilot in her own right. She and her husband Charles (Kalafatic Poole) suffered a very public and hideous loss when their first born was kidnapped and killed.
“North” is Anne’s story; it’s style is narrative and suggestive. “This is not an adventure,” Anne says, as she relates her meeting with the author/aviator Antoine Saint-Exupèry (Christopher Marlowe-Roche.) “And only in the most accidental and superficial sense can it even be called a flying story. Fundamentally,” she ends, “it is simply a woman’s story.”
“North,” conceived by Christina Ritter and Jennifer Schlueter and written by Jennifer Schlueter, does not allow its thorough, well-researched documentation to undermine the gentle lyricism of the play.
The spare set by Brad Steinmetz of three swings and a ladder shelf hints at the playful in tribute to St-Ex’s imagination and Anne’s desire to soar with him.
“North” exudes a giddy seriousness, illuminating the factual with a quiet emotional certitude.
For more information and tickets for “North,”please visit www.59e59.org.