Murder in the Cathedral
Opening the theater's
inaugural season, Cecile Pineda's original adaptation of T.S.
Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral with original music composed
by William Young was performed in sanctuaries throughout the
Bay Area in 1969-1970, notably in Grace Cathedral in commemoration
of the 8th centennial of Becket's martyrdom. Unusual for its
staging, based on the Tarot suits of the Lower Arcana, the production
featured two Thomases, the public figure of Eliot's text; and
the inner Thomas, a pseudo-Christlike incarnation symbolizing
Becket's drive toward martyrdom. The murder itself was accompanied
by the birth cries of the women of the chorus.
"Couples imaginative staging with quality acting to produce
a thoughtful, stirring drama."
S.F. Chronicle, Dec. 18, 1969
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