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Underneath The Lintel (2021)
Written by Glen Berger
Sat 28th August to Sat 4th September
Director – Richard Warren
Production Photos
The Librarian – Jon Elves
Stage Manager – Helen Withers
Props and Set Dressing – Sally Patalong
Props and Set Dressing – Erica Young
The Play
We are in a half-empty theatre. A middle-aged man appears, with a battered suitcase and a story he is clearly keen to tell. He's a librarian in a small Dutch town, and his job is to handle the overdue books. One day a book was returned anonymously: 113 years late. Who brought it back - and why? All the librarian has to go on is a clue scribbled in a margin, and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket.
How does he solve this mystery? And how does it change his life? That's what he's come here tonight to tell us.... 
Glen Berger's 2001 one-man play is a modern fable, neatly wrapped in a detective story, with something very powerful to say about humanity. 
It's a beautiful, funny, moving piece of storytelling. 
Originally produced professionally Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse.  
Critical reaction: 
"The clues surface and mount, tease and taunt, and what might appear to be little more than a dull literary exploration becomes a dark and complex mystery that transcends the ages."Variety 
".... one of a handful of great plays written in the last five years.... it's an astonishingly beautiful piece of writing...."Seattle Weekly 
UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC 
In line with our new EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'Underneath the Lintel' -The character of the librarian is Jewish and elderly and there could be flexibility around race/ethnicity. Has to be played as a male character. The story includes a theme of the consequences of anti-Semitic discrimination.
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