Terre Haute Through The Eyes Of Edmund White

Terre Haute (by Edmund White), follows a series of discussions that take place when a prisoner is visited by a writer.

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Terre Haute

by Edmund White; directed by Dale McFadden


Crossroads Repertory Theatre

June 25-27 and July 15 and 21, and Indianapolis Repertory Theatre for performances July 29-31, 2010

$12

Crossroads Repertory Theater

Indianapolis Repertory Theatre

Dale McFadden is an IU faculty member and theater director in Terre Haute, a professor who never seems to take his summers off. “No, I do like warm weather, but I also like to work, so I try for a balance.”

White’s current project, Terre Haute (by Edmund White), follows a series of discussions that take place when a prisoner based on the Kansas City Bomber Timothy McVeigh is visited by a writer whose character is based on Gore Vidal.

The real McVeigh was actually incarcerated at the prison in Terre Haute. “Although the two never really met, Gore Vidal did communicate in letters and even said that he felt a certain sympathy with McVeigh. Perhaps it was based on their both feeling outside of and critical of the government and some aspects of society.”

Truth To Tell

Playwright Edmund White is an influential literary and cultural critic who’s written both fictional biography and a non fiction autobiography. “In the recent revival of Terre Haute in New York,” McFadden says, “White even added some notes to the program.

There are some parts of the play that simply aren’t true. For instance, Timothy McVeigh didn’t meet the Unabomber in Terre Haute, but he did meet him Colorado. [Despite factual inconsistencies, though,] the truths about the McVeigh character’s attitude and the potential for sympathy with the older man based on Gore Vidal are deep and potent.”

A Footnote To The Interview

“As to truth of the story, on Sunday the 27th following the matinee we’ll have a conversation with Mark Hamm, who’s written two books on Oklahoma City Bombing and Kevin Mayes the coroner who pronounced McVeigh dead following the execution. “

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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