A play by Lee Blessing
Directed by Tim Klein
January 28-February 1, 2015
The story probes into the delicate relationships of three singular
women: a grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter.
As the play begins, Dorothea (the grandmother) has suffered a stroke, and
while Echo (the granddaughter) has reestablished contact with her mother,
Artie, it is only through extended telephone conversations. During these
conversations real issues are skirted and their talk is mostly about the
precocious Echo’s single-minded domination of a national spelling contest.
But, in the end after Dorothea’s death, both Artie and Echo come to accept
their mutual need and summon the courage to try, at last, to build a life together –
despite the risks and terrors that this holds for both of them after so many
years of alienation.
Director Tim Klein has assembled a strong cast to bring this complex situation
to the JLT stage. Brenda Jackson plays Dorothea, a woman who has sought
to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; Marilyn Marshall Miller plays Dorothea’s brilliant daughter, Artie, who has fled the stifling
domination of her mother, holds an important job as a bio-chemist and has an
incredible memory; Samantha Green plays Echo, a child of exceptional
intellect – and sensitivity – whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by
Eleemosynary: from Medieval Latin (“alms dispenser”)
1. relating to charity, alms or almsgiving; 2. given in charity of alms; having the
nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance; 3. supported by charity; as,
eleemosynary poor. A formal literary word; in everyday use charitable
is used instead.
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