(an emotional drama with loving touches of humor)
- March 12 – 15 (5 shows)
Director: Mary Brandon
Thelma, an oblivious widow, and her epileptic adult daughter Jessie, who is divorced, live together in a spick-and-span house on a country road somewhere in the South. Nights are spent in such relaxed pursuits as crocheting and watching television. But one particular Saturday night, the Good life turns out to be not so good after all. Jessie prepares to perform her weekly ritual of giving her mother a manicure. While preparing it, she says calmly, almost as an afterthought, ”I’m going to kill myself, Mama.” “As Mama pleads for Jessie to reconsider her decision, old secrets are revealed and long-ignored feelings rise to the surface. The mother-daughter bond between Jessie and Mama becomes stronger and lovelier than ever.”
This compelling drama was a Pulitzer Prize winner on the stage and was made into a searing movie starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft.