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Benny Sato Ambush, an award-winning director and Lynn resident, is producer/director of “The Living,” a play about the Great Bubonic Plague of 1665. The play, by Anthony Clarvoe, received a free Virtual Reading produced by Theater of the Blue Marble Wednesday night. It was a benefit for Boston’s Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. The performance will be available for viewing through Saturday, giving theater lovers a chance to donate to the fund.
The past speaks meaningfully to the present in this riveting examination of London society’s response to the Great Bubonic Plague of 1665. A prescient moral and cautionary tale with lessons for today’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic era, The Living chronicles the conditions, challenges, societal fault lines, foibles, and triumphs during the scourge, eerily similar to our current day crisis. With beautifully crafted language and compelling poignancy, The Living unveils the tests and tolls on all facets of London society. The story unearths universal human yearnings of a beleaguered community. Conscience is on trial, unleashing conduct from the heroic to the ignoble. The play is an appeal to what really matters during these trying times in the realm of the living.