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New Meetup: Simulcast of Terry Pratchett's London play, Nation @ Coolidge Corner Theater

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, January 8, 2010 2:26 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Simulcast of Terry Pratchett's London play, Nation @ Coolidge Corner Theater

When: Saturday, January 30,[masked]:15 PM

Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

What: Simulcast of London's National Theatre
performance of Nation, Terry Pratchett's new play

When: Saturday, January 30th, 2010 at 2:00 pm ( line up at 1:15 pm).

Price: $20.00

From Cheryl White, who helps organize both lectures at the Museum of Science, and Coolidge Corner's Science on Screen program:

"I?m writing to you with my Coolidge Corner Theatre hat on versus my MOS hat.

"I wanted to let you know that on Saturday, January 30, the Coolidge will present, direct from the London stage, a live simulcast broadcast of Nation, a play based on the novel by the great fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett. Nation is the third play in the pilot season of NT Live, a series of four plays transmitted live in high definition from the UK?s prestigious National Theatre onto cinema screens around the world. The Coolidge is the only venue exhibiting NT Live in the Boston area.

"Details follow. I thought this might be something [Nerd Fun] would be interested in. It?s the only opportunity to see this extraordinary production without having to travel to London".

... Thanks so much Cheryl! As you can see, I passed along the details to people. What? There's more information? First we need to figure out ...

Where to Meet:

Forty-five minutes before showtime, rain or shine, the Coolidge Corner Theater lines up people single-file along the brick wall to wait a half-hour for the doors to open. After ten minutes, the line snakes all along the wall of the alley and turns the corner of the next block. This makes it quite difficult to form up as a group. Although the show doesn't start until 2:00 pm, I was thinking we should all get in line as a group at 1:15 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

... Care to meet up somewhere for brunch beforehand? I'll create a sign-up sheet a week before for Zaftigs Delicatessen at 335 Harvard Street in Brookline, MA so we can start getting a headcount on reserving a table. Menus can be found on their site at . The bagels, lox, and chopped liver is excellent. They have a wide variety of sandwiches and food for breakfast.

"Your Jewish mother will kvell over the brisket even if she doesn't take to tray offerings such as pork sausages and smoked ham. Kosher, this is not. In fact, what has made this 'new Jewish'-style restaurant one of the best eating spots in Brookline are the less traditional offerings, including cheddar-apple omelets and banana stuffed French toast. The wild artwork and hip young wait staff seal the deal; this ain't your grandma's deli. Zaftigs Delicatessen serves breakfast (all day), lunch, and dinner. Located in Coolidge Corner in Brookline, there are public parking lots available and convenient parking available using meters along Harvard Street". [ Directions: ]

About the show:

"The Coolidge Corner Theatre will present a live broadcast of the London National Theatre?s production of Nation, a powerful story of survival and self-discovery based on the novel by bestselling fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett, on Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm. An encore presentation (pre-recorded) will follow on Saturday, February 15, at 2 pm.

"Nation takes place in a parallel world in 1860. Two teenagers are thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau?s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from her aristocratic home in Victorian England. Neither speaks the other?s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe?s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by an acerbic parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.

"Live music, thrilling dance and dazzling puppetry combine to bring to life the surprising and spectacular world of Terry Pratchett's Nation.

"This brilliant production is the third play in the pilot season of NT Live, a series of four plays transmitted live from the UK?s prestigious National Theatre onto cinema screens around the world. Each play is broadcast in stunning high-definition. The Coolidge is proud to be the only venue exhibiting NT Live in the Boston area.

"Tickets are available in advance online at or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, located at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline. Ticket prices are $20 general admission; $17 for Coolidge members, and $10 for ages 15 and under. For more information, call 617/[masked] or visit"

About Nation, the book:

... It appears that this play is based on Terry Pratchett's Young Adult book, "Nation". .

Amazon posts this review of the book, published September 30, 2008: "Critics praised Nation as a hybrid, deeply philosophical book aimed at young adults, but one likely to appeal to adults as well, much like Philip Pullman?s His Dark Materials trilogy or J. K. Rowling?s Harry Potter series. With echoes of William Defoe and William Golding, Nation takes the form of a 'classic Robinsonade,' notes the Washington Post?that is, a book in which characters on a desert island recreate civilization. As his characters grapple with questions of leadership, humanity, and survival, Pratchett explores fundamental ideas about religion and culture. This might all sound rather heavy, but there is plenty of originality and humor?and cannibals, spirits, and secret treasures?to go around. In the end, Pratchett offers a vision of a deeply humane world. 'In some part of the multiverse there is probably a civilisation based on the thinking of Terry Pratchett,' writes the Guardian, 'and what a civilised civilisation that will be.' "

On this page from Amazon you can watch a three minute video of Terry Pratchett describing his book.

About Terry Pratchett (according to his site):

"Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today and is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1985 and there are now 36 books in the series. The first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, was published in 2001 and was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.

"Long regarded as a significant satirist, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was appointed OBE in 1998 and has received four honorary doctorates.

"In December 2007, Terry released a statement that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer?s disease. [ Go to the site to read the announcement]. Since then, he has become Patron of The Alzheimer?s Research Trust and has done a great deal of work to raise the profile of the important fundraising required as well as making a sizeable donation himself".

About Terry Pratchett (according to Wikipedia):

"Sir Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948), more commonly known as Terry Pratchett, is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. [...] Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, and as of December 2007 had sold more than 55 million books worldwide, with translations made into 36 languages. He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his young adult novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.

"Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 'for services to literature'in 1998. He was in addition knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours".

From the National Theatre site:

You can see clips of the play staged in London on the main page of their site at .

Trailers and video diaries of the play:

Pratchett?s Nation becomes latest novel adaptation at National
Published Thursday 15 January 2009 at 11:05 by Alistair Smith

"Terry Pratchett?s novel Nation is set to become the latest in a line of book to stage adaptations at the National Theatre, following in the footsteps of other hugely successful family shows such as War Horse, Coram Boy and His Dark Materials.

"Pratchett?s story is being adapted for the stage by Mark Ravenhill, the playwright best known for controversial works such as Shopping and F[---]ing and Mother Clap?s Molly House. He has also written plays in the National?s Connections programme of work for young people and a pantomime for the Barbican Centre".

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