East and West: Two Plays of Mystery

In Partnership with the Embassies of India and Belgium, Ambassador Theater Presents

Under the Shadow of Wings

We are celebrating the Belgian and Indian cultures,
the 150th Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth and the 100th Anniversary of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Nobel Prize for Literature.

Karna and Kunti by Rabindranath Tagore is an episode of the Mahabharata, the Sanskrit epic that forms the basis of Hindu belief in which Karna, commander of the Kaurav army, comes to wage war against the rival Pandava clan. Kunti is the Pandava matriarch, and, secretly, Karna’s mother. She attempts to bring him back into her care to avert his army from defeating her sons, but finds that the fate of the battle has been determined long before. Death of Tintagiles, a forgotten classic of Symbolist Drama, is about a young boy, Tintagiles, whose family has been almost entirely obliterated by an all-powerful Queen. Under mysterious circumstances, he returns to his sisters Ygraine and Bellangère, who try to protect him from the Queen and her devious servants, to no avail.

“… You never know exactly what the soul imagines it can see.” M. Maeterlinck

Previews start: January 25, 2011 SHOWS: January 27 – February 12, 2011

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00PM, Sat. matinees at 3:00PM, Sundays at 3:00PM and 7:30PM


Karna and Kunti by Rabindranath Tagore


Death of Tintagiles by Maurice Maeterlinck

Translated by Daniel Gerould and David Willinger

  Flashpoint, Mead Theatre Lab 

916 G St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Steps away from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop

or a couple of blocks from Metro Center.