Adapted by Tracy Young from Madeleine L’Engle’s book
When David told our seven-year-old granddaughter, Ramona, that OSF was presenting one of her favorite books, their very first adult conversation ensued. “Papa,” Ramona asked, “How will they ever, ever do Mrs. Whatsit, or Mrs. Who?”
“I don’t know, how do you think they could?” David asked in response.
Thinking a minute, our girl responded, “Papa, it’s going to take some magic, and I just don’t know how they’re going to do it. The only one I can see right now is Aunt Beast. Can I go see it with you?”
David and Ramona will return to see this wonderful adaptation later this summer, but we can reliably report that Ramona was right – it took some magic to pull this play off. Magic it was fun to behold.
Meg Murry, played to a tee by Alejandra Escalante, is the superb in awkward adolescence – she doesn’t do well on any front and lacks the confidence she needs to change. Teaming up with her brother Charles Wallace (very ably portrayed by Sara Bruner) and Joe Wegner as newfound friend and cohort, Calvin, she sets off through the galaxy of time in search of her mysteriously missing father. Encounters en route with folks tied up by a conformist society and the hard choices necessary to escape its grips, the trio survives one peril after another before finally coming face to face with dear Dad.
Perhaps you are not familiar with tesseract, a wrinkle in time, or the verb to tesser, which is how this particular time travel to the fifth dimension is done in this first (I think) venture into science fiction for OSF. It certainly was to us. However new this form of transportation may be, it arrives at the same conclusion that gives us all comfort – the bonds we share, if we’re willing – are the ones that give us strength to travel and to be.
So, our dear Ramona, rest assured that Aunt Beast and all the other members of the Wrinkle ensemble are very present and wonderfully accounted for.