Eleemosynary

Eleemosynary

by Lee Blessing
October 19-28 THEATERWORK opens its 17'th Season in Santa Fe with a production of Lee Blessing’s elegant and compelling play ELEEMOSYNARY. The piece was originally commissioned by the Park Square Theatre of St. Paul Minnesota and produced there in August, 1985. The play moves into the delicate relationship of three extraordinary women: Dorothea, the grandmother, a devoted eccentric; the brilliant daughter Artemis, who fled her mother’s world leaving her own daughter behind in it; and Echo, a child of exceptional intellect and awareness.  The characters move across time – suddenly speaking from the past in the blink of an eye.  They occupy a place of memory. The audience is drawn into places of silence and into the force of speech – speech just within reach, speech masking what lies between the women. Lee Blessing was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  His first play, A Walk in the Woods (1988) was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize.  After that he entered the playwriting program at the University of Iowa where he received an MFA degree in Theater. He later returned to teach at the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop.  He currently serves as Head of the Graduate Playwriting Program at Rutgers University.  Recent plays include A Body of Water, The Scottish Play, Thief River and Chesapeake.  He is the recipient of the Great American Play Award, American Theater Critics Association Award and many others. ELEEMOSYNARY will be performed at the James A. Little Theater (in the chamber theater arrangement) starting on October 19.  It is directed by David Olson.  Actors for this production are:  Company Member, Angela Janda( Echo); Company Member, Trish Vecchio ( Artemis); and Guest Artist, Leslie Dillen (Dorothea).  Set/Props Designer: Richard Gonzales; Lighting Designer: Jack Sherman; Sound Designer/Composer: Paula Olson. This is THEATERWORK’s one hundred and fifth production since moving its base to Santa Fe from Minnesota.  Productions have included Antigone, The Tempest, Inventing Van Gogh, Legacy of Light, The Drawer Boy, Rock Shore, The Sound of Music, Guadalupe!; great world classics; plays by living authors (some of whom have visited Santa Fe in connection with the production of their plays); works with music; Spanish zarzuelas; and new works by New Mexico playwrights. The Company has also worked in community projects around the state and has produced new pieces with young performers and writers. Performance Dates/ Times:
Friday, 10/19 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, 10/20 @ 7:30 pm Sunday, 10/21 @ 2:00 pm Thursday, 10/25 @ 7:30 pm Friday, 10/26 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, 10/27 @ 7:30 pm Sunday, 10/28 @ 2:00 pm
Tickets: General Admission:        $ 15.00 Students:                 $ 10.00 For Information or Reservations:  (505) 471-1799 James A Little Theater Campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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