Readers Theatre Repertory launched its eighth year producing one-hour theatre with FINDING HOME, WORD BY WORD on September 12-13 with “Eleemosynary,” by Lee Blessing: a poignant and mature study of mothers and daughters in classic Blessing style.
“I love this play,” said director Bob Martin. “Here are three women — mothers and daughters — who have no idea how to talk to each other. It takes a spelling bee for them to find the words.” Martin is drawn to “the human need for connection and forgiveness” found in most of Blessing’s work “and this is his finest example,” Martin said.
The cast included Christy Drogosch, Aliera Morasch, and Suzan Zeitlin.
In the seven seasons since its premiere in 2001, RTR has staged 139 one act plays and featured 190 actors on its stage at Blackfish Gallery. This season the company will continue its mission of one-act, one-hour, affordable theatre with a mix of new work and familiar themes. “We’ll stage dark works in the wild of winter,” said company member Mary McDonald-Lewis, “and Irish theatre in March, along with our all-originals month in April.” Audiences seem to enjoy RTR’s season of tradition and surprise, McDonald-Lewis said. “Who knows? Maybe we’ll top the 200-play, 250-actor mark this season!”