Next up is Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing. For this production, we’ll be back outdoors with our community partner, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, in Kernersville.
Show Dates and Times
April 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Individual show tickets can be purchased online through Thundertix. All ticket prices include NC sales tax.
- Adults – $15
- Senior (60+) – $13
- Student – $13
- Children (12 & under) – $8
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
215 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
About the Show
Eleemosynary examines the delicate relationship of three women: a grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to exert her independence through strong willed eccentric behavior, Artie, her daughter, who has run from her overpowering mother, and Echo, Artie’s daughter, who is incredibly smart and equally sensitive. It is a study of family relationships, and both through humor and poignant moments, highlights the need for connection and forgiveness.
In this dramatic work by Lee Blessing, three generations of highly intelligent and freethinking women attempt to reconcile years of family dysfunction. Dorothea was a repressed housewife and mother of three sons and a daughter, Artemis (Artie), whom she favored. She discovered that being an eccentric suited her perfectly and spent a lifetime thrusting her wild ideas and beliefs onto an unappreciative and doubting Artemis.
Artemis ran away from Dorothea as soon as she could and kept on the move until she married and had a daughter of her own. She named her Barbara, but Dorothea renamed the child Echo and began to teach her everything from Ancient Greek to calculus. What Echo loves most is words and spelling. The title of the show comes from the winning word that Echo spelled correctly at the National Spelling Bee.
DOROTHEA | (50-70’s age range) An ‘eccentric’, Dorothea is determined to make her own path and wishes the same for the women who follow her. Strong, vibrant, and with a keen and sharp mind.
ARTIE | (30’s age range) Dorothea’s brilliant daughter. Angry and somewhat cold, Artie’s demeanor belies the loves she desires from her daughter and mother.
ECHO | (15-17 age range) Sensitive and intelligent, Echo is curious and determined. Her competitive spirit shows her edge and ferocity.
Images courtesy of Kevin P. Barker, Alpha & Omega Images