Looking for something “cultural” to do this upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend? The Heiress, a play written in 1947 by Ruth and Augustus Goetz (originally from Buffalo), will be performed February 12th-14th. The event is co-presented by the Playhouse of American Classics (PAC) and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
The play is said to be based on the 1880 novella Washington Square by Henry James. It tells the tale of forbidden love between a timid girl and a confident young man. In it, Catherine Sloper, the daughter of Dr. Austin Sloper, has always conformed to the strict rules of her controlling father. Catherine meets and immediately falls in love with the attractive Morris Townsend. Dr. Austin disapproves of the relationship, certain that Morris only likes Catherine because of the Sloper family inheritance. Morris and Catherine’s love is ultimately tested and transformed over time.
The Heiress won two awards in 1995, and was adapted into film in 1949 under the title The Heiress, and again in 1997 under the title, Washington Square. The play also ran on Broadway in 1995.
The Buffalo production is directed by PAC Artistic Director Terence McDonald, and is presented in “chamber form,” which utilizes minimalism in setting to promote the maximum overall meaning and power of the play. This form of theater also preserves the greatest amount of original meaning from the literature which a play originates from. The actors will wear full costumes and carry scripts.
The play will be held in the auditorium of The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society’s museum, located at 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue.
Friday, February 12th at 8 PM
Saturday, February 13th at 2 PM
Sunday, February 14th at 2 PM and again at 6 PM
$13.00 Senior Citizens and Students
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