SACRED FOOLS | DARK NIGHT SERIES 2004 - Underneath the Lintel

"A gem... impressive and moving." -Willard Manus,

A librarian.
A book 113 years overdue.
Somebody's going to pay.

directed by Eric Werner
performed by Brandon Clark

Four Performances Only!

MARCH 27 - APRIL 17, 2005
Tickets: $10
Reservations: (310) 281-8337
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Critical Praise for Glen Berger's

“ of a handful of great plays written in the last five
years... it's an astonishingly beautiful piece of writing.”
-Steve Wiecking, Seattle Weekly

“A satisfying mix of intelligent writing and quirky humor
in a package that isn't neatly wrapped up with pat
answers.” -Jana J Monji, L.A. Times

“Glen Berger's work feels like what an entire
generation of playwrights have been struggling to
write.” - Bret Fetzer, The Stranger (Seattle)

Stage Manager/Sound Op - Heatherlynn Lane
Makeup Designer - Anthony Backman
Audio/Visual Editor - Aaron Francis
Yiddish Voice - Julie Alexander
Light Op - C.M. Gonzalez
Marketing Design - Eric Werner & Corey Klemow

Produced by Brandon Clark & Eric Werner


Glen Berger's UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL is a gem of a one-person play, tautly written and staged, acted with skill and intensity by Brandon Clark.  First produced in New York in 2001 (where it ran for 450 performances off-Broadway), Berger's monologue is delivered by Clark in the guise of a shabbily dressed, sad-sack Dutch librarian whose discovery of a book that has been overdue for one hundred years ultimately changes his life.  Impelled by an old-fashioned sense of duty and an unquenchable intellectual curiosity, he sets off on a quest to discover what happened to the person who checked the book out.  Playing detective, his slightly mad but utterly believable journey back in time takes him to London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing and the gates of Auschwitz, leading him eventually to the conclusion that the object of his search was none other that The Wandering Jew.  The discovery of that mythological figure's humanity is matched in impact by the discovery of his own self-worth: although his time away from the library costs him his job and pension, he is not a loser but a winner, having gained his own soul and immortality.

Clark's ability to command the stage and bring this flawed, complex character to life is impressive and moving.  Hats off to him and director Eric Werner.

-- Willard Manus