The Harrison County Players present Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary in the MGCCC Arena Theatre on the Harrison County Campus in Gulfport, MS. The cast includes: Amelia Taylor playing the role of Dorothea, Indya Tanner playing the role of Artie, and Elaina Dunning playing the role of Echo.
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 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 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.
Eleemosynary runs this weekend January 20 – 22 at 7:30pm and January 23 at 2pm in the Arena Theatre. Tickets are $10 for Regular and $5 for Students (17 and under). Tickets are available online at www.mgccc.edu/HCPlayers. Reservations can also be made by calling (228) 897-3931.