Eleemosynary has ratings and 14 reviews. Syrdarya said: This play focuses on three generations of women, all very intelligent, and unable to really c. 31 Mar Three generations of highly intelligent and freethinking women attempt to reconcile years of family dysfunction in this drama by Lee Blessing. 19 Dec Eleemosynary is composed mainly of monologues and short scenes that trace the lives of three generations of women. Blessing’s script.

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I had the privilege of performing Dorothea in a high school production, which we were able to take to the state level.

Krysta rated it it was amazing Nov 26, By Cody Corrall Eleemosynary is composed mainly eleemsoynary monologues and short scenes that trace the lives of three generations of women.

This production, performed in Interplay’s small studio space, utilizes only three couches and a pair of wings, but we never forget for a moment where we are or what is happening. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 eleemosynqry years of alienation and estrangement.

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Werid, I liked it but Under Dorothy Milne’s direction, Eleemosynary is a small gem. It ends at the Jeff Awards.

The play examines the delicate relationship of three women: Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing. Open Preview See a Problem? I love each of the characters, as well as the nuances of what is in the balance for each of them. The word calls to mind the essential goodness, the charity at the heart of this commercialized holiday. Perhaps it’s because of the fond memories of high school and the girls I performed this with, but I really enjoyed it.


In this time of big-budget holiday blockbusters, overladen with special effects and elaborate sets, Interplay’s production of Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary dazzles with its simplicity and grace–one of those rare shows that make acting, directing, and writing look incredibly easy. Kerry rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Oct 22, Ann rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

The daughter was the most frustrating character for me because she was so stubborn, but by the end she may have begun to soften. We can understand why Artie decides to leave Echo with Dorothea and disappear for a while, and we sympathize with Echo’s desire to prove herself in the national spelling bee. The Smart Museum exhibit and companion book provide a valuable historical record of Chicago art between and Even Dorothea’s obsessions with flight and reincarnation are understandable and credible, given her world of lost dreams and failed expectations.

Shawna rated it it was amazing Jul 25, There is if you think its Urban Education program should be graduating black teachers. Resources Author Bios Book Club! Webster’s Artie is a wonderfully complex character, and Sanders’s Echo is a magnificent creation, gliding effortlessly from the age of 1 to Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Once again, her work makes the Jackalope Theatre Company feel like the center of something extraordinary. Lists with This Book.

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Return to Book Page. A nuanced character study that addresses larger themes regarding identity and parentage in a personal way.

The performers work so seamlessly with the script that we’re amazed to realize by the end that in about 90 minutes the show has covered almost 80 years in the lives of three characters. Thanks for telling us about the problem. After Dorothea who has raised Echo into her teens suffers a strokeEcho is forced to reestablish contact with her mother through extended phone conversations, during which real issues are skirted and the talk is mostly about the precocious Echo’s unparalleled success in a national spelling bee.


Plus, I learned the definition of, and how to spell, “eleemosynary”.

Views Read Edit View history. Sensitive and probing, this masterful play examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: Men Women Total Cast. By Sheri Flanders By Sarah Becan Jul 19, Mikaela Simon rated it really liked it.

Eleemosynary is a multi act play by Lee Blessing [1]. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Kaitlin Jones rated it really liked it Feb 25, Feb 18, Michele rated it really liked it. Tony Winners Manuscripts Special Collections.

I need to work on Artie before I am too old.

It follows the relationships between three generations elermosynary women. Retrieved from ” https: By isolating the three characters, Blessing allows us to delve deeply into their lives and understand their struggles and emotions.

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Refresh and try again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Echo’s mother, Artie Pamela Websterleft her long ago and now communicates with her daughter primarily through routine telephone calls, quizzing her for an upcoming spelling bee with tough words like “eleemosynary.

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