LATimes, F. Kathleen Foley
"Lebano's staging is undeniably imaginative and beautifully paced....a superb technical team contribute appropriately celestial effect that will appeal to all ages."
Star-News, Dany Margolies
"Imaginative direction, striking designs and vivid performances bring the thrilling journey of A Wrinkle in Time to life onstage at SMP."
LA Post-Examiner, Ron Irwin
"...a superb show...the effects, the staging, the sound and the lighting were all truly amazing."
Fume of Sighs, Dena Burroughs
"...see A Wrinkle in Time" ....It will take you completely away from the day-to-day to send you on a wish-it-could-be-true fantastical adventure."
One dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murry, a young teen who doesn't fit in at her New England high school.
Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg, her gifted brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin are transported on an adventure through time and space to rescue her father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore's delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation bring the beloved Newbery-winning novel to life.
“Believing takes practice.”
Although this quote from the book A Wrinkle in Time does not get said in our production, I have used it as my inspiration for our show. I didn’t read this book as a kid - I came to it only as an adult when I was thinking of plays for the Field Trip Series - but I wish I had though. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved: science fiction (I was a huge Robert Heinlein fan) about disconnected and disoriented kids.
And Meg is just the kind of kid who should go on this journey – a true “Hero’s Journey” if there ever was one. An awkward, lonely and dispirited adolescent girl who learns two invaluable things that all of us needed to learn when we were young and impressionable: that we are loved and that we are perfect just as we are. Believing takes practice…believing in yourself and more importantly believing in others – your parents, your friends, your siblings – just at the moment when you are questioning everything.
When I started the Field Trip Series in 2014 I hoped that it would grow into a yearly offering that would speak to school kids and their teachers, supporting curricula and inspiring a love for theater in our young patrons. But even more, I hoped that the stories would be ones that would inspire and challenge and enthrall – and they have! - the Civil War drummer boys of Battledrum, the young scientist on the brink of everything in Einstein is a Dummy, the sterling friends in Charlotte’s Web, and now Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. I’m so happy that this play features a girl on the brink of womanhood learning to negotiate the world and her own transformation. I cannot imagine a more fitting story to share with young people who themselves are on the brink of adulthood.
I am so grateful to all the artists who helped me realize this show: the actors, who were always up for any wild suggestion, and the designers, who were as delighted to tell this story as I was and who came up with so many great ways for us to realize the vision of this show. It was truly a collaborative and incredibly fun journey. My thanks, too, to the SMP staff and Board who work so hard to bring our wonderful and award-winning productions to you. And finally, because I can’t thank them often enough, thanks to Doug and Gideon, without whose support, love, and indulgence of my crazy schedule I wouldn’t be able to do this at all. “Believing takes practice” and I’m still practicing!
was the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens. In 2004 she received the National Humanities Medal but could not attend the ceremony due to poor health.
The Time quintet--A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time--are among her most famous books, but it took years to get a publisher to accept A Wrinkle in Time. "Every major publisher turned it down. No one knew what to do with it," she said. When Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally accepted the manuscript, she insisted that they publish it as a children's book. It was the beginning of their children's list.
After splitting her time between New York City and Connecticut and acting as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Madeleine L’Engle died on September 7, 2007 at the age of 88. “I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him,” she once said. “I know that is true of A Wrinkle in Time. I cannot possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. It was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.”
is the Associate Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory (SCR), in Orange County, Calif. He is an award-winning playwright whose work for young audiences includes Wind of a Thousand Tales, Folktales Too, Rhubarb Jam, The Day After Evermore and adaptations of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz and Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo. His adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time debuted at SCR in 2010 and has since moved on to more than a dozen productions nationwide. With the performance trio Culture Clash he has co-authored adaptations of two plays by Aristophanes, The Birds and Peace. His work has been produced at South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Children’s Theatre Company, the Coterie, the Getty Villa and elsewhere. He received a 2000 Playwrights Fellowship from the California Arts Council and has occasionally taught playwriting and related subjects at UCLA and Pomona College.
directed The Glass Menagerie (Ovation Recommended and Nominated), Deathtrap (Ovation Winner Best Set), 4000 Miles, Battledrum, Driving Miss Daisy (Ovation Recommended), and Woman in Mind (LA Times Critic’s Choice) at SMP. He played Sean in Bee-luther-hatchee, Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird (BroadwayWorld.com Best Actor Nom.), Jerry in God’s Man in Texas, and Stage Manager in Our Town. He was in the long-running Opus at The Fountain Theater (Ovation nom’s Best Play and Best Ensemble, LADCC Best Ensemble winner and nom Best Play, LA Weekly nom Best Actor.) He has worked at regional theaters across the country as both an actor and director. Christian is the Artistic Director of the Playhouse and a Board member.