John C. Reilly directs the West Coast premiere of Evan Brenner’s moving and enlightening one-man play, Buddha: Triumph & Tragedy In The Life Of The Great Sage. The limited four-week engagement runs February 3 – 25 at the Bootleg Theater.
The man we know as the Buddha lived in Northern India around 500BC and introduced the teaching known as Buddhism. After his death, an extensive oral history of the movement was written down and carried throughout Asia, becoming the taproot for all Buddhist traditions. Framed in a most unusual and personal context, writer/performer Evan Brenner brings selections from these texts to the stage, unchanged, to enact the extraordinary life of the man from start to finish. It’s an epic story of personal struggle, supreme enlightenment and horrific tragedy.
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- How foolish you are,
grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!