First of all, it is important to remember that finding broader meaning (beyond just the play itself) is always an individual’s job. We all see different ideas in art of any kind. So it is with this book and play.
That said, I will share some themes I see:
- All of us, with our individual characteristics, are of great value. This is true of Meg, Charles Wallace, Calvin, and all of us. Meg, for example, wins the day being just who she is, with all her strengths and challenges. She begins the play as a confused character and ends up being our hero. Her importance as a hero is also the fact that she is female: Girls can and will be heroes!
- Love is the most powerful force in the world. We see this through the caring and nurturing of many characters: Charles Wallace, Meg, Father and Mother, Calvin, Mrs. whatsis, Mrs. who, and Mrs. Which and others. Love of family, like the Murry family, is an important aspect of the love we see in this play. Love is the central force at the core of our play.
- Love will eventually win out over hate and evil. Life is often a struggle, but it is important to believe that good will win. Meg believes this, and it is this belief that gives her strength to meet all her challenges. Think of how hard Meg struggles to bring Father home! She uses all her skills and even her weaknesses to achieve her goal.
That was what she had that IT did not have.
She had Mrs. Whatsit’s love, and her father’s, and her mother’s, and the real Charles Wallace’s love, …and Aunt Beast’s.
And she had her love for them.” A WRINKLE IN TIME, the novel
What important themes or lessons do you find in the book and our play? Think of these
themes as you unleash your imagination and watch A WRINKLE IN TIME!
Olivia Bastian, Educator and Board Chair of Lyric Arts Theater
Thank you for following along as Olivia explored the play. A Wrinkle in Time opens May 4.