The Eve of St. Mark
A Staged Reading Presented by the First Flight Theatre Co. to Benefit the Hermitage Museum
Saturday, April 27th at 7:30pm
Set during World War Two, The Eve of St. Mark is the story of American soldier, Quizz West, stationed in the Pacific. As things turn hopeless, Quizz and his fellow soldiers are faced with a difficult choice: abandon their post to save their lives or hold their position and provide cover for the retreating Americans. After falling asleep, Quizz seeks advice from his mother and fiancée back home through his dreams.
This benefit performance of The Eve of St. Mark directed by Richard Width for The Hermitage is being presented by the First Flight Theatre Company, which presented a staged reading last May of Maxwell Anderson’s historical drama Valley Forge and more recently The Love Letters of John and Abigail Adams by Frank Farrell on March 2, 2019.
General admission is $20. For reservations click here or call 201-445-8311.
The Eve of St Mark is a play by Maxwell Anderson set during World War II. In its original 1942 Broadway run it ran for 307 performances, opening 10 months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It later became a 1944 film by 20th Century Fox that featured some of the same actors who repeated their roles in the film. The title is derived from the legend of St Mark’s Eve and the title of an uncompleted 1819 poem by John Keats. Coincidentally, this play will be presented 3 days after St. Mark’s Eve which is celebrated in Christian churches each year on April 24.