A middle-aged woman’s first meeting with her elderly, mentally-ill mother after nearly a half century.
It was 1950, the mother’s perilous paranoid schizophrenic cruelties endangered her two young children and her husband and could no longer be tolerated. The husband subsequently “protected” his children by preventing all communications between the children and their institutionalized mother into their middle-aged adulthood! He had been counseled that it would be “best” to shield the children. The sequestered hospital records and letters were finally handed over to the daughter. This led to the first visit with her mother in the asylum after forty-seven years.
Free of melodrama, the two women seek a connection. Repetition of dialogue illustrates absolute, unbearable truth. Pain is communicated in the banal language―every word costs the speaker.
This play was awarded the 2015 Theatre Prize by Donald Freed, the Artistic Director of the International Writing Seminar. Donald Freed is a multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, author and he is Playwright-in-Residence York Theatre Royal, York, England.