Coming of Age
by Ellen Wendy Kaplan
Five women are outgrowing old roles, tired of (re)-producing to prove their worth. Gemma is an accomplished scholar who researches gender anxieties in Medieval Spain. She is writing about a deaf, Jewish, Spanish nun, a proto-feminist in a culture that saw women as weak and infirmity as a sign of God’s displeasure. Teresa found meaning in her affliction; Gemma sees aging as another kind of affliction. For Teresa, who shows up in Gemma’s whiskey-soaked dreams, malady is a sign of god’s grace. Gemma has no interest in “God,” but Teresa insists that we use different words to speak about the same thing: belief that life has meaning. But Teresa can’t hear God’s voice anymore. Gemma’s mother is in rehab, recuperating from a broken hip. Illness, age, and friends having died, left Helen without community; now she wants to move a thousand miles away, to live with Gemma’s younger sister Macy. But Macy’s children are becoming adults, and her role as a mother is about to alter. These women offer each other consolation, inspiration, and support in moving on as they scramble to discover what’s next.
- Cast Size: 2M 5W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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