Body of Bourne

Body of Bourne
by John Belluso

Productions (1)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m (6-27 actors possible: 3-17 f, 3-10 m)
  • Set: Various locations, minimally suggested.

Body of Bourne
by John Belluso

(0)
Productions (1)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m (6-27 actors possible: 3-17 f, 3-10 m)
  • Set: Various locations, minimally suggested.

Through dramatized scenes, letters, and essays, Body of Bourne presents the biography of renowned writer and World War I pacifist Randolph Bourne, whose short but meaningful life was forever affected by his physical disabilities. From his timid childhood to his ascent to an impassioned social critic, Randolph Bourne's journey takes him around the world, overcoming physical obstacles using intellect and the help of his friends. As Bourne confronts many examples of prejudice throughout his lifetime, he remains a man firmly committed to progressive ideas and the vital need for society to understand the disabled.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
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Play Details

Through dramatized scenes, letters, and essays, Body of Bourne presents the biography of renowned writer and World War I pacifist Randolph Bourne, whose short but meaningful life was forever affected by his physical disabilities. From his timid childhood to his ascent to an impassioned social critic, Randolph Bourne's journey takes him around the world, overcoming physical obstacles using intellect and the help of his friends. As Bourne confronts many examples of prejudice throughout his lifetime, he remains a man firmly committed to progressive ideas and the vital need for society to understand the disabled.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m (6-27 actors possible: 3-17 f, 3-10 m)
  • Set: Various locations, minimally suggested.

Published Reviews

"Belluso challenges perceived notions of what it means to be disabled, writing about the topic in fresh and disarming ways."

Jan Breslauer, Los Angeles Times

"How does it happen that so remarkable, so "famous," a man is so little known? I have never heard of him until this play. Bourne was a graduate of Columbia University, but in my edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia there is no mention of him. Thanks to the Taper and its Other Voices [program] for bringing the invisible to light."

Sandra Ross, LA Weekly

"There is some poetry in Belluso's language, but above all there's a heartfelt honesty to it and a notable lack of the awkwardness that so often afflict works that attempt to condense a life in this fashion."

Variety

"Bourne's is a great life story begging for idiosyncratic theatrical treatment. Playwright John Belluso clearly has a lot of talent."

Michael Phillips, LATimes.com

"By his untimely death in the flu epidemic of 1918, Bourne had made an indelible place for himself among the radical thinkers of his age. And, in retrospect, he helped begin the process of the acceptance of the physically disabled into mainstream society simply by refusing to crumble under the intimidating discrimination of his time. What The Body of Bourne does is to make all of that human, and accessible. It's a remarkable feat all by itself."

Frances Nicholson, Pasadena-Star News

"A moving work."

Backstage West

"Always thoughtful and full of affection for its remarkable title character."

Jay Reiner, The Hollywood Reporter

"John Belluso's edifying drama chronicles this extraordinary man's life."

Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly

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JUN 07, 2001 - JUL 15, 2001
Mark Taper Forum
Los Angeles, CA United States
Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles, CA United States
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JUN 07, 2001 - JUL 15, 2001
Mark Taper Forum
Los Angeles, CA United States
Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles, CA United States