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William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' adapted for the stage

ATHENS, Ohio -- William Golding's famous first novel has imbedded itself in the fabric of literary culture around the world since its publication in 1954. "Lord of the Flies" began a literary career which led to the Nobel Prize for Literature. The novel achieved further fame as a film directed by Peter Brook (1962) and a Hollywood production (1994). Now, "Lord of the Flies" has been adapted for the stage and will be presented by the Ohio School of Theater as their season-opener for 2003-2004.

The adaptation was written by Nigel Williams for a production at London's renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. It was performed at the RSC and at Nigel William's son's boarding school shortly before Golding's death in 1993.

"Lord of the Flies" which was born out of Golding's experience in WWII as part of the Royal Navy, has great relevance in today's climate of war. Golding says that the story "was simply what it seemed sensible for me to write after the war, when everyone was thanking God they weren't Nazis. And I'd seen enough to realize that every single one of us could be Nazis." His questioning of the human tendency to wage war is central to "Lord of the Flies." Golding said during WWII "one had one's nose rubbed in the human condition."

"Lord of the Flies" has the structure of a Greek tragedy and thus lends itself particularly well to the stage. David Jordan's upcoming production at the Ohio University School of Theater brings the story's violence boldly to a contemporary audience.

Ohio University's School of Theater presents "Lord of the Flies" at the Forum Theater - RTV Building, Oct. 15-18 and 22-25 at 8 p.m.

For ticket information and reservations call (740) 593-4800.

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Media Contact: School of Theater Assistant Director Maureen Wagner, (740) 593-9355 or wagnerm@ohio.edu

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