The Originals present MARVIN’S ROOM
By Scott McPherson
April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 - 7:30 PM · April 27 Sunday Matinee - 2:30 PM
Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award
Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play
Marvin’s Room is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter.) For the last seventeen years, Bessie has lived in Florida where she cares for their father, Marvin who has been dying for two decades, and her aunt Ruth (Lisa Stathoplos) who has three collapsed vertebrae and wears an electrode pack on her waist with which she can control her constant pain (and open the garage door.) When Bessie learns she has Leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant, she is forced to reach out to Lee, who lives in Ohio with her two sons, the bookish Charlie (Dylan Chestnutt) and the rebellious Hank (Stowell Watters) who is confined to a mental institution after having burned the family house to the ground, leaving Lee and Charlie to take refuge with a group of nuns in the basement of a local church. With the help of a bake sale thrown by the nuns, Lee and her sons arrive in Florida to be tested one by one, and all are ultimately transformed by the ties that bind, whether they want to be or not. Also featuring William McDonough III, Lowell Jeffers, Stephanie Atkinson, and Israel Buffardi. Directed by Dana Packard
Admission $25 for Adults, $20 for Students and Srs.
Friday, April 25th, and Thursday, May 1st are pay-what-you-can.
Sunday, April 27th Matinee is $20.
For reservations, call 207-929-5412
“One of the funniest plays of the year, as well as one of the wisest and most moving. When the American Theatre gains a voice this original, this unexpected, you really must hear it for yourself.”
-The New York Times
“Written with a blazing, tender accuracy that grips you with the force of revelation.” -The Village Voice