Set in a one-room schoolhouse during the decisive evening of a community's vote on resettlement, Josh MacDonald's play is an intriguing reversal of and homage to Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle. In both plays, it is the heart and mind of a young woman bereft of her future on which the action turns. But in Whereverville, the conclusion is that "those no longer able to take care of the land should leave it." It is Loam Bay's schoolteacher, Abby Shea, herself "from away," who holds the deciding vote as she struggles with her own phantom attachment to the community, its citizens and its ghosts of times past, and it is she who must learn that sometimes, in order to keep what we hold most dear, we must give it away--that "nothing lasts."
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