Nothing is left to tell

Vetanda led me to this beautiful presentation by Jeremy Irons of Ohio Impromptu

Ohio Impromptu, directed by Charles Sturridge, with Jeremy Irons (2000)

Synopsis

Ohio Impromptu, written in 1980, opens with a figure clad in black with long white hair hiding his face and sitting on a white chair at a white table. There are two characters, the Reader and the Listener. The Reader, it emerges, is a mysterious messenger from someone now dead and once loved by the Listener. The book the Reader reads from tells the story of the Listener mourning right up until the last moment, when the story is told for the last time and ‘there is nothing left to tell’. Throughout, the Listener not only listens but also regulates his companion’s reading by knocking on the table with his hand in an attempt to ensure that this will not be the final telling of the tale.

 


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