The UMaine School of Performing Arts Division of Theatre presents Terra Nova on the Hauck Auditorium stage. Drawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott, the action of Ted Nally’s Terra Nova (directed by Julie Arnold Lisnet) blends scenes of the explorer and his men at various stages of their ordeal, with flashbacks of Scott and his young wife and with fateful glimpses of his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, whose party beat him to the South Pole. Refusing the use of sled dogs as unsporting, Scott and his team struggle to drag their heavy gear across a frozen wasteland, only to find that Amundsen has preceded them to their goal.
Terra Nova is a study of British pride and upper-class resolve — Scott’s aristocratic sense of destiny and command and his young bride’s ability to understand her husband’s compulsive drive while failing to accept his motivations. But it is in the tragic trip back, as the members of the expedition die one by one, that the play reaches its dramatic apogee, capturing with chilling intensity the awesome bravery of men who must accept the bitter knowledge that suffering and death will be the only reward for their heroism.
Performances on Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 13 and 20.
Tickets are $12 or free with student MaineCard.
Tickets available here.