Eleemosynary: A Play

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1987 - Drama - 47 pages
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THE STORY: Staged with utmost simplicity, using platforms and a few props, the play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentrici

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I am directing this play for the fourth time. Each time it is different and special depending on the women selected to play these wonderful roles. This play is a very intimate look into the relationships of three generations of women from the same family. Each is so very different, yet at the same time sharing so much with the other two. Lee Blessing did a masterful job in creating these amazing personalities, for that I thank him as I adore this play. I am trying a new casting approach this time. When I have seen a female walking down the street or eating in a restaurant or drinking in a bar that IS obviously Echo or Artie or Dorthea, I have approached them and invited them to join the magic. The person may never have been in a theatrical presentation in her life. In fact in this cast Echo and Dorthea have not. No matter. These characters are so well written that they easily take over the body of the actor. It is almost magic. This cast is amazing, thanks to the skills of Lee Blessing. Read this play, direct this play, act in this play. You will love it, as will your audience! Here's to Lee Blessing! 

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