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Department of Theatre and Dance


Eleemosynary

November 15-18, 2018
Center for Performance Experiment

By Lee Blessing
Directed by Libby Hawkins

8pm all shows

Sensitive and probing, this masterful play examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect—and sensitivity—whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. As the play begins, Dorothea has suffered a stroke, and while Echo has reestablished contact with her mother, it is only through extended telephone conversations, during which 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 and estrangement.  Read more

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…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…

St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch