(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
Requested donation: $10; Members $5
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
It is the summer of 1945. The wrenching changes sweeping the world in the aftermath of the war seem to have left untouched the small Southern town where Frankie and her family live. But an undercurrent of resistance can be felt. A younger generation of blacks chafes against Jim Crow. Similarly rebellious, if risking far less, twelve-year-old Frankie has traded frocks and curls for shorts and close-cropped hair. The motherless adolescent, slighted by girls her age, confides in Berenice, her family’s black cook. Among other longings, she reveals her plan to leave behind the town and her distracted father by becoming a member of her older brother’s upcoming wedding in a more than usually intimate sense. Frankie learns, however, along with all the characters, that life seldom follows anyone’s playbook.
Elaine Berman directs. Cast: Casey Beidel, Barbara Fennell, Leonardo Gibson, John Gurney, Luke Hofmaier, Natalie Kropf, Madlyn Sher and Gregory Taylor. Stage directions read by Beverly Newman. After the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.
Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead [masked] x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.