One has to have a sense of adventure to go watch Evan Brenner's one-man performance (shown left) entitled “Buddha - A Fantastic Journey.” For those possessing that sense of adventure it will be about 75 minutes of pure delight.
Writer-actor Brenner developed this stage presentation [directed by actor John C. Rielly, shown below] of the life of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. It is warm, thorough, utterly fascinating and entertaining.
Siddhartha is believed to have been born a very privileged prince on the frontiers of ancient India about 563 BCE, who became the Buddha 35 years later, and gained final nirvana around 483 BCE.
One need not be a Buddhist to enjoy and appreciate the story of a spiritual quest. Based in historical fact the play takes the audience down a dramatic trail of adventure and eventual enlightenment.
It begins with the young prince becoming aware of human suffering. It then winds through a period of extreme asceticism popular among yogis in that era. Eventually it evolves into a successful Middle Way.
The protagonist experiences numerous challenges including attempts on his life and periodic temptations from Mara (a kind of devil figure) who throws up obstacles. Every step is masterfully portrayed by Evan Brenner. TheBuddhaPlay.com