Jack Beeson: Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL406     Release Date: 2010-01-15
Rachel Lockhart, a widow (soprano) ......................Carol Wilcox
Hannah Moody, a spinster (mezzosoprano) .................Judith Christin
Reuben Waterford (tenor).................................Grayson Hirst
Colonel Killigrew (baritone) ............................Robert Shiesley
Dr. Heidegger (bass-baritone) ...........................Alfred Anderson
A Maid (speaking role) ..................................Miranda Beeson

Ronald Oakland, violin; Joseph Schor, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; Michael Haber, cello; John Beal, bass; Karla Moe, flute; Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet; Charles Russo, clarinet; Joseph Passaro, percussion; Gerald A. Brown, harmonium, celesta, piano; Ruth Negri, harp; Thomas Martin, Conductor;

Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” is one of those Hawthorne tales in which he delights his reader with moral ambiguities and with events that may be natural, supernatural, or both. However, although such ambiguities may be delightful on the printed page, they can be baffling and exasperating when transferred to the stage. A theatre audience, caught in the flux of action, words, and music, needs to know who is who, where the action is, and when and what-if-anything-is-meant to be ambiguous. It needs the steady escort of the writer and the composer who clearly and forcefully shape their means toward clearly defined ends.

In adapting Hawthorne’s story, the supernatural was not invoked: the ghosts in Heidegger’s study are in the imagination of the superstitious maid, who dislikes dusting skeletons and over-sized books. However, some ambiguities remain: Is the transformation of the rose a parlor trick? Is the elixir merely a “fine old wine”? As to the transformations of Heidegger’s friends, perhaps they really happen; perhaps “. . . only thinking makes it so.”


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Track Listing

Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: Grave
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "When My Friends Arrive..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Welcome, My Dear Old Friends"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Yesterday There Came A Messenger..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Astounding!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Is This A Practical Joke?"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Well Then, A Toast!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Another Toast!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "My Dearest Rachel..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "It's True, it's You..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Welcome Back!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Yet Something Stirs..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "He Takes Her Hand..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Seventeen!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Yonder Stands A Cherry Tree..."
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Hannah, How Unlike You!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Oh, No!"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "Are We, Too, Grown Old Again So Soon?"
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Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth: "I, Too, Have Squandered Many Precious Hours..."
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