A Fair Country

A Fair Country It is and Gil Burgess a young archeologist is alone in the Mexican jungle at dusk when his estranged mother Patrice suddenly arrives The rift between them goes back to when Gil was a tee
  • Title: A Fair Country
  • Author: Jon Robin Baitz
  • ISBN: 9780822215554
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 1987 and Gil Burgess, a young archeologist, is alone in the Mexican jungle at dusk when his estranged mother, Patrice, suddenly arrives The rift between them goes back to 1977 when Gil was a teenager living with his parents in Durban, South Africa We go back to Durban where Harry, Gil s father, is a U.S Information Officer The political situation in South AfricaIt is 1987 and Gil Burgess, a young archeologist, is alone in the Mexican jungle at dusk when his estranged mother, Patrice, suddenly arrives The rift between them goes back to 1977 when Gil was a teenager living with his parents in Durban, South Africa We go back to Durban where Harry, Gil s father, is a U.S Information Officer The political situation in South Africa takes a huge toll on his family, and Harry is desperate to get a new post Patrice is close to having a nervous breakdown, and Gil bears the brunt of her condition since Harry travels frequently Things come to a head when Gil s older brother, Alec, a budding radical and Columbia Journalism major, comes for a visit When he arrives, Harry is offered a cushy cultural affairs job in the Hague if he ll provide his superior with a list of Alec s friends in the anti Apartheid underground Harry refuses, but as tensions threaten to tear his family apart he reconsiders Two years later, the Burgesses have moved to the Hague, but their problems follow them Gil, withdrawn from his parents, is desperate to escape Patrice verges on alcoholism, and Harry continues to try to ignore the problems around him Alec arrives for a New Year s visit after first stopping in South Africa Upon his arrival, an angry Alec reveals that he was expelled from South Africa for his own protection All of his friends in the South African underground are dead or in prison, and Alec has received death threats Harry s deceit is soon revealed and the family is finally ripped apart despite his best intentions Alec leaves, telling Harry that he just killed him Gil, seeing his opportunity and unforgiving of his father, leaves with Alec Now, ten yearslater, Gil is back in the jungle, and a poacher prowls the area looking for artifacts to steal Alec has indeed been killed while working on an article in South Africa, and Harry has recently died Though defenseless, Gil and Patrice scream into the night to try and frighten the poacher In doing so they find they may still have each other.
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    1. Robbie Baitz was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Edward Baitz, an executive of the Carnation Company Baitz was raised in Brazil and South Africa before the family returned to California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School 1 After graduation, he worked as a bookstore clerk and assistant to two producers, and the experiences became the basis for his first play, a one acter entitled Mizlansky Zilinsky He drew on his own background for his first two act play, The Film Society, about the staff of a prep school in South Africa Its 1987 success in L.A led to an off Broadway production with Nathan Lane the following year, which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding New Play This was followed by The End of the Day starring Roger Rees, and The Substance of Fire with Ron Rifkin and Sarah Jessica Parker.In 1991, Baitz wrote and directed the two character play Three Hotels, based on his parents, for a presentation of PBS s American Playhouse , then reworked the material for the stage, earning another Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding New Play for his efforts In 1993, he co scripted with Howard A Rodman The Frightening Frammis, which was directed by Tom Cruise and aired as an episode of the Showtime anthology series Fallen Angels Two years later, Henry Jaglom cast him as a gay playwright who achieves success at an early age a character inspired by Baitz himself in the film Last Summer in the Hamptons the following year he appeared as Michelle Pfeiffer s business associate in the screen comedy One Fine Day In 1996, he was one of the three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for his semi autobiographical play A Fair Country.Subsequent stage works include Mizlansky Zilinsky or Schmucks , a revised version of Mizlansky Zilinsky directed by Baitz s then partner Joe Mantello 1998 , a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen s Hedda Gabler first at L.A s Geffen Playhouse with Annette Bening in 1999, then at Long Island s Bay Street Theater with Kate Burton in 2000, followed by a Broadway production with the same star the following year , Ten Unknowns 2001 , starring Donald Sutherland and Juliana Margulies, and The Paris Letter 2005 with Ron Rifkin and John Glover His screenplays include the adaptation of his own Substance of Fire 1996 , with Tony Goldwyn and Timothy Hutton joining original cast members Rifkin and Parker, and People I Know 2003 , which starred Al Pacino.Baitz s occasional work writing for such television series as The West Wing and Alias led to his position as creator and executive producer of the ABC TV drama Brothers Sisters, which premiered in September 2006 and ran for five seasons, ending in May 2011.Baitz was the New School for Drama s artist in residence for the 2009 2010 school year 2 His play Other Desert Cities opened Off Broadway at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater Lincoln Center in New York on January 13, 2011, starring Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin, Stacy Keach, Thomas Sadoski and Elizabeth Marvel 3 The play was originally titled Love and Mercy 4 The production transferred to Broadway, opening at the Booth Theatre on November 3, 2011, with Judith Light replacing Lavin and Rachel Griffiths replacing Marvel.

    2. Here s how memorable A Fair Country is When I sat down to write this review about a week after finishing the play, I drew a complete blank as to the plot If someone had walked up to me on the street and asked if I had read this play, I probably would have said no.So yay for plot summaries on , which jogged my memory enough to offer these thoughts Another play about a dysfunctional family This one, with its subplot of betrayal and political maneuvering, could have been really engaging Instead it [...]

    3. Contrived I just really couldn t see what Baits was trying to accomplish in writing this But then, I generally have trouble with political plays, so maybe it s just me.

    4. I haven t read this play since my first year at JMU, when I was cast in it I d like to revisit it, now that I m older, to see what speaks to me now I gave it a five star rating because I met some amazing people while working on this show, including my best guy friend My favorite line from this play is If I had to listen to Philip Glass all day, I d want to give blow jobs in the bike room, too Sigh Memories.

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