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The secret of flight lies in the assurance that we are worthy of flying…
New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 2015-16 season continues its celebration of women with Eleemosynary, a play by Lee Blessing that focuses on the lives of three brilliant women. Dorothea, the grandmother, attempts to shed the bonds of a controlling father and husband who refuse to give her a traditional education by striving to learn all she can in non-traditional ways. Middle-aged daughter Artie attempts to flee her eccentric mother’s world by saving lives from the seclusion of a research lab. Trying to live up to her grandmother’s expectations and win her mother’s affection, 16-year-old Echo strives to be a spelling bee champion. All three generations share a deep love of learning, a self-expectation of extraordinariness, and a desire to “fly” in many different ways.
Director Meghann Beauchamp chose the play because it illustrates the essential need for human connection from a uniquely feminine point of view – the relationship of mothers and daughters. She says, “I want the audience to feel that no matter how damaged you think a relationship is, healing is possible. No matter how far in the dark depths you are, ascension is possible.”
Eleemosynary stars NHTP artistic director Genevieve Aichele as Dorothea, Colleen A. Madden as Artie, and Minta Carlson as Echo. Meghann Beauchamp will design lights as well as direct. Joining her are Maura Suter as Costume Designer, Dane Leeman as Set Designer, Kristin Henrick as Stage Manager, and Isabel Smith as Production Assistant. Original music for Eleemosynary will be composed by musician Jeremiah Messer.