Balm in Gilead

By Lanford Wilson
Directed by Liz Terry, faculty member, theater arts
Feb. 8 - 18, 2007
Laurie Theater

In an all-night coffee shop on New York's upper Broadway, the riff-raff, the bums, the petty thieves, the lost, the desperate of the big city come together. At the core of the play are Joe and Darlene, two young people who would seem to have the strength and the need to transcend the turmoil and ugliness of the life in which they found themselves-but are, instead, crushed by it. But their loss is quickly absorbed in the maelstrom, as the others go on desperately seeking the joy and release and purpose in life which will, most certainly, continue to escape them.

Peformance Schedule/Prices:
Thursday Preview at 8 p.m. - $16
Friday Opening at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
2nd Thursday at 8 p.m. - $18
2nd Friday at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $16
2nd Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $20

Second Look Series

Friday, February 16
Immediately following the 8 p.m. performance


The Second Look Series at the Brandeis Theater Company is designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play through a post-show discussion.  For Balm in Gilead, Arthur Holmberg, Associate Professor of Theatre History will lead a discussion about the history and context of the play and playwright Lanford Wilson.  Joining Prof. Holmberg for the discussion will be director (and Acting faculty member) Liz Terry; the actors will participate as well.

More information about Arthur Holmberg

Mr. Holmberg recently headed the graduate program in dramaturgy and criticism at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, where he currently serves as Literary Director. His books include The Theatre of Robert Wilson (Cambridge University Press), and The Lively ART. He served as United States editor for The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (Routledge). For over ten years his theater criticism has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre and Opera News. He has also contributed to such academic journals as Comparative Literature, The French Review, The Hispanic Review, Theatre Journal, Shakespeare Quarterly, Performing Arts Journal, The Eugene O’Neill Review, and Cahiers Francois Mauriac. He is currently writing on David Mamet’s theatre and films for Cambridge University Press. His most recent teaching position was at Dartmouth College; he has also taught at Harvard University, M.I.T., and the New England Conservatory of Music. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Mr. Holmberg recently dramaturged a production of Heiner Muller’s Quartet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.