What a way to start the day. Kudos to Cornerstone Theatre Arts in Goshen, NY.
by James F. Cotter, Times Herald-Record
“Tesla’s Letters by Jeffrey Stanley is about war and the psychological havoc it can cause. Daisy Archer, an American graduate student, arrives in Belgrade in 1997 to do research on Nicola Tesla (1856-1943), an electrical genius who rivaled Thomas Edison in his discoveries, including – it was rumored – a death ray that could wipe out humanity. Tesla, a Croatian-born Serb, spent most of his life in the States.
By 1997, the war between Serbia and Croatia has come to an apparent lull, but the battle for Kosovo would in two years shatter the uneasy peace in the Balkans. Before he will let her view the letters, Dragan, also a Croatian-born Serb and head of the Tesla Museum, wants Daisy to visit Tesla’s birthplace in Croatia, despite the danger. On the bus there, she meets Zoran, a young Croatian ex-soldier who volunteers to accompany her for her own safety. The drama unfolds with their journey into the war-zone countryside and her return to Belgrade.
The two-act play is being offered at the Goshen Music Hall by Ken Tschan’s Cornerstone Theatre Arts and is sponsored by the Goshen Library and Historical Society. Ably directed by Joe Barra, the four actors convincingly capture the tensions between generations and the sexes, and between Americans and Europeans. Wars are first fought in the minds and hearts of people before they reach the battlefield. After Tito, century-old ethnic-religious hostilities rose up to be expressed by terrible slaughter of innocent neighbors.” CONT’D>>