BY GLEN WILLIAMSON AND LAURIE PORTOCARRERO
Fire in the Temple was crafted by Glen Williamson from historical records of events and conversations, following the burning of the first Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, on the New Year Eve of 1922.
As the year 1923 begins, the spiritual movement and Society around Rudolf Steiner are also in ruins. It is unclear whether his close colleague and pupil Ita Wegman, and others, will awaken to recognize their karmic work in time for the conscious development of humanity.
The performance will be presented in two parts on Monday afternoon, January 16th (Martin Luther King Holiday):
Part One: 3:30 – 5:00
Break: 5:00 – 6:30
Part Two: 6:30 – 8:00
Giving: One can not put a price on art. The play is a gift — it is hoped that this will inspire gratitude and your reciprocal generosity. The artists will gladly receive whatever gift you may choose to contribute, according to your means, towards offsetting production costs of $1300.
Glen Williamson—traveling actor, storyteller, and playwright based in New York City—tours North America and Europe with his original solo performances. He has played Johannes Thomasius in all four of Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas, and his published sequel to them, Future Dawning, has had staged readings in New York, Pennsylvania, and Switzerland.
With Laurie Portocarrero, he jointly created The Refugees’ Tale, a theatrical free-rendering of Goethe’s Green Snake parable, and performed Aeschylus Unbound, which Glen coauthored with the late film star and anthroposopher Mala Powers.
Laurie Portocarrero and Glen Williamson are longtime members of The Actors’ Ensemble, based on Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting. Both actors have toured widely, drawing on this approach in their acting and storytelling careers. They have toured together since 2005.