“Brokeback Mountain makes us confront a history that cannot be left on the mountainside”.
As we enter the beautiful auditorium of the relatively new @sohoplace we are confronted with a bleak and sparse sight. A late-middle-aged man lies, sleeping restlessly in a bed. Other than this we see a bare table and a simple kitchen sink. The man is Ennis Der Mar its 2013 and over the next ninety minutes we are to see how his life became as bleak as his home.
By the magic of theatre and the wondrous hydraulic possibilities of the @sohoplace theatre we are transported back to 1963. Ennis looks into his younger days, in a sort of flashback/story telling. Here we see him meet Jack Twist an agile man out to make money in order to continue his dream as a rodeo rider. The young men: Twist played by Mike Faist and Ennis played by Lucas Hedges find themselves thrown together by sheep farmer Joe. He sends them up to Brokeback Mountain to protect his flocks from the coyote. It’s a bleak job, but it pays.
And so we see a story playout that goes from loathing, to lust, to love to loneliness.