Next up, in late October: Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary.
I’ve been producing 2nd Story Theatre for more than (gulp!) 35 years, and in all that time, there are only a handful of productions that continue to hound and haunt me.
Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary is such a play.
The title, meaning charitable or benevolent, relates to a young girl’s determination to win a national spelling bee. But it also applies to the ever-changing, always demanding, ultimately rewarding relationship between a girl, her mother and her grandmother.
An extraordinary play – funny, perceptive, eloquent and familiar – this masterfully simple work examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women. Carefully and lovingly wrought, it gently reminds us what it truly means to give.
While working in our new DownStage space, a few plays popped into my head that would sparkle in that environment. I took note of how the most delicate and personal moments were magnified, amplified in that room. Eleemosynary and the DownStage are a perfect match. Like the characters in the play, they will bring out the best in each other.
As you can tell, I love this play. Deeply.
I think you’ll agree, upon seeing it, that it’s no coincidence it was written by a man named Blessing.
So that’s #2. Stay tuned for #3.