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Arrival & Departure at The Fountain Theatre
An unforgettable love story inspired by one of the most romantic movies of all time
By: Fountain Theatre
In Sachs' new spin on the classic 1945 British film, a Deaf man (Kotsur) and a hard-of-hearing woman (Bray), two married strangers, meet accidentally in a New York City subway station. As their casual friendship develops into something deeper, each is forced to confront how their simmering relationship could forever change their lives and the lives of those they love.
"A train station is a place of transition, a place people go when they're on their way to someplace else," notes Sachs. " 'Arrival & Departure' is not only a travel term. It expresses the journey of change that the people in this play are experiencing. What happens when you find your soul mate, but the circumstances of life get in the way?"
Kostsur and Bray are married in real life, and Sachs wrote the play with them in mind.
"This is my valentine to the two of them," he says. "But the characters they portray aren't the only ones seeking human connection in the play. Other storylines interweave through the piece. Each character has a reason to reach out to someone."
The 1945 classic film Brief Encounter, directed by David Lean with a screenplay by Noël Coward and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, was named "the most romantic film ever made" according to 101 industry experts polled by Time Out London. The Film Society of Lincoln Center named it "one of the most achingly romantic films ever made."
The play is performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language with additional use of open captioning, so that both Deaf and hearing audiences can enjoy the production.
Arrival & Departureruns July 14 through September 30, with performanceson Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. (dark July 16, Aug. 4, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3). Three preview performances take place on Wednesday, July 11; Thursday, July 12; and Friday, July 13, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20–$40; Pay-What-You-