The Chatham Community Players is excited to present Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary” as a part of their successful Play Reading Series. One Night ONLY – Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Alyson Halter directs.
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 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.
- Miriam Salerno as Artie
- Leslie Ellis as Dorothea
- Kayla Fiore as Echo
Producers - Leslie Ellis and Gus Ibranyi
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
Patrons are encouraged to BYOB & Snacks