The Memory of Water comes to BGSU stage

Posted Feb 9th, 2015 by Bonnie Blankenship  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


The pain, laughter and bickering of siblings who remember family instances quite differently is at the heart of Shelagh Stephenson’s “The Memory of Water,” onstage at Bowling Green State University Feb. 19-28 in a BGSU Theater production.

On the eve of their mother’s funeral, three sisters return to the family home on the Yorkshire coast of England. There, while a winter storm rages, the sisters wait for the day of the funeral, attend to their mother’s final affairs, revisit memories of their childhoods, and reflect upon their futures. Because their memories have been diluted by time and fantasy, they are incapable of agreeing on any interpretation of the past; it is clear, however, that after the events of their two days together, each of their futures will be forever altered. “The Memory of Water” received the Laurence Olivier Award for best new comedy in 2000.

Department of Theatre and Film faculty member Lesa Lockford directs the play, with graduate student Kevin Calcamp as assistant director.

Broadway reviewer Larry Murray said, “‘The Memory of Water’ is a tragedy, leavened with many moments of near-insane humor. It delights. It raises issues. It is a rousing evening of truly alive, and lively, theatre.”

Lockford hopes audiences will look deeper than just the humor. “The title and the question that lies at the heart of the play urge us to consider what is left after we are gone. Does any significance we may have generated in the world slip away when we have ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’?”

The relatable setting of the play is important to Lockford. “While all this may hardly seem like material for a comedy, despite the emotional core of the play with its themes of loss and mourning, the play is nevertheless comedic. Perhaps what unfolds in the play, then, is best summed up with what Mary says in Act One, ‘It’s what normal people do at abnormal times.’”

The main characters are performed by Cynthia Stroud, Janina Bradshaw, Allison Kump, Madison Zavitz, Patrick Scholl and David Baker.

Given the mature subject matter of the play, parental guidance is suggested for young children.

“The Memory of Water” opens at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19. Additional performances are at 8 p.m. on February 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, as well as 2 p.m. on Feb. 21, 22 and 28 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

All advance seats are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children. Ticket prices will increase at the door prior to each performance. To purchase tickets, visit bgsu.edu/arts or call the box office at 419-372-8171.

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