Nonsense and Beauty

by Scott C. Sickles |
Directed by Seth Gordon

In 1930, the writer E.M. Forster met and fell in love with a policeman 23 years his junior. Their relationship, very risky for its time, evolved into a 40-year love triangle that was both turbulent and unique. Based on a true story, Nonsense and Beauty captures the wit and wisdom of one of the last century’s great writers. This world premiere, developed as part of The Rep’s 2018 Ignite! Festival of New Plays, explores the power of love and forgiveness.

Running Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes. Performed with one intermission.

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Nonsense and Beauty, 2019

Lori Vega and Robbie Simpson. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

John Feltch and Jeffrey Hayenga. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Robbie Simpson, Jeffrey Hayenga, Lori Vega and John Feltch. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Jeffrey Hayenga and Robbie Simpson. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Lori Vega and Robbie Simpson. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Donna Weinsting and John Feltch. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Robbie Simpson and Jeffrey Hayenga. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

John Feltch. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Robbie Simpson and Jeffrey Hayenga. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Cast & Creative Staff

CAST:

Jeffrey Hayenga (E.M. Forster)
Robbie Simpson (Bob Buckingham)
Lori Vega (May Buckingham)
John Feltch (J.R. Ackerley)
Donna Weinsting (Lily Forster)

CREATIVE STAFF:

Director: Seth Gordon
Scenic & Lighting Designer: Brian Sidney Bembridge
Costume Designer: Felia K. Davenport
Sound Designer: Rusty Wandall
Stage Manager: Shannon B. Sturgis

Age Recommendations

Nonsense and Beauty is recommended for adult and teenage audiences. The show contains brief adult language and discussions about sexual relations.