The novel, A WRINKLE IN TIME, has been a personal favorite of mine since I first discovered the book as an adult. If you have not read the book, perhaps now is the time. The novel, as you know, has also been developed into films, one recently in theaters, and a play being performed at Lyric Arts Theater May 4-20. I am so excited to see our heroine, Meg, on the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage!
As Madeleine L’Engle said in her August 1963 acceptance speech, upon receiving the Newbery Medal for her novel,
A writer of fantasy, fairy tale or myth must inevitably discover that he is not writing out of his own knowledge or experience, but out of something both deeper and wider. I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that this is true of A WRINKLE IN TIME. I can’t possibly tell how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. And it was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.
This play is a delight for both young adults and adults. I think that all of us, not only the writer of this tale, must let fantasy possess us. Doing so will take us on a wild ride that energizes and teaches us all. And the phrase, “Out of something deeper and wider” is certainly how I view the lovely plot and important themes of A WRINKLE IN TIME. Three major characters search for a scientist who has mysteriously vanished. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and others, they battle IT, the embodiment of ultimate evil. A WRINKLE IN TIME captures the imagination, using the framework of science fiction and fantasy, and on the way examines some of the most important aspects of life: love, family, our unique personalities and talents, and the desire to do and be good in this life.
In the following three weeks, I will explore: 2) the characters 3) the clever blending of science fiction and fantasy, and 4) the themes in the play. It all begins with, “It was a dark and stormy night.” The scene is set and we begin our journey. Let’s explore the “deeper and wider” together!