Over 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. Its physical effects are far reaching and can even cause death. It affects many more than that in the families, friends, and loved ones of those with the disease. New treatments and therapies are being discovered every day. Please help, please get involved. To help, go to The Epilepsy Foundation at http://epilepsy.com
I attended a rehearsal of ‘night, Mother’ just recently at The Apex Theatre. It is a 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Marsha Norman about a daughter, Jessie, and her mother, Thelma, which deals with the consequences of epilepsy. This production is a collaboration of Felicity Enas and Hannah Morris with a portion of the proceeds going to The Epilepsy Foundation. The play will run from May 16th through May 24th.
The entire scene takes place in a living room/kitchen of a typical middle class home. The relationship between Thelma and Jessie is set from the very first scene and we get a sense of the roles each character has assumed as a result, we are to learn, of the effects of epilepsy in their lives.
Throughout the play an interesting dynamic evolves as a result of the course that Jesse has chosen. There is a stripping away of the façade each character has built up over the years as a defense against the stress of living and coping with such a life altering disease. It is a lesson in humility, it is a lesson in relationships, it is a lesson in love.
Although the ultimate ending is announced fairly early in the play, the evolution of the characters as portrayed by Felicity Enas and Hannah Morris will keep you engaged throughout. Their performance is so empathic that one cannot feel anything but compassion for the love, the misery, and the burden they share.
If you see but one play this year, you must see ‘night, Mother’ playing at the Apex Theatre May 16th through May 24th.
© 2014 Stephen Boothe