Back to Methuselah: The Thing Happens & The Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman

The Thing Happens & The Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman Bob Sacheli
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“You do not make vows until death when death is three hundred years off.”

Shaw examines the human life-span in a series of comic episodes that take us from the Garden of Eden to “as far as thought can reach” in the distant future. One of the first works of science fiction ever put on stage, with GBS’s celebrated wit and a touch of satire. The second installment this season takes us 250 years into the future, then 3000 years beyond that! This multi-year cycle of productions of Shaw’s landmark will culminate in our 30th anniversary in 2016.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
165 minutes


The Archbishop/The Envoy
The Minister of Health/Fusima/The Oracle
Mrs. Lutestring/The Envoy's Wife
The Elderly Gentleman
Barnabas/The Envoy's Son

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