USI Theatre presents Eleemosynary
, a play by Lee Blessing, Wednesday, October 4, through Sunday, October 15. It features three generations of women struggling to balance their love for each other with their individual expectations and needs. Dorothea is the eccentric and stubborn family matriarch, while her daughter, Artie, is more down-to-earth but unable to cope with the day-to-day responsibilities of raising her daughter, Echo. Echo lives with Dorothea and devotes herself to her studies, but longs for a closer relationship with her mother. According to The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Eleemosynary
is a “funny, perceptive and eloquently written” play.
The production marks Lenny Leibowitz’s
directorial debut in the Evansville area. Leibowitz taught at Boston University and directed Off-Broadway and at major regional theatres across the country before moving to Evansville this summer to accept the positions of assistant professor of theatre at USI and artistic director of The New Harmony Theatre, the professional summer theatre produced by USI.
According to Leibowitz, the play “ultimately hinges on a question that resonates with all of us: how do we understand those we love on their terms rather than on our own?”
The cast of Eleemosynary
includes USI students Joanne Gottcent
as Dorothea, Kensington Blaylock
as Artie, and Jasmine Ruckriegel
as Echo. The design team for Eleemosynary
includes USI theatre students Greg Schafer
as scenic designer, Robert Dagit
as lighting designer, and Ryan Nash
as sound designer. USI faculty member Shan Jensen
is the costume designer.
runs October 4-7 and October 11–15 in the Mallette Studio Theatre on the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center. Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. There is one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on October 15.
Single ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for non-USI students and for seniors 60 and over, and $4 for USI students. Season tickets for all productions in the USI Theatre season also are available at a discount. Tickets may be purchased by calling the USI Theatre box office at 812/422-3970 or online
. Tickets also may be purchased at the door; the box office will open one hour before each performance.