The Memory of Water


by Shelagh Stephenson
Directed by Ann Woldt

Three estranged sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral only to end up arguing and misremembering in Shelagh Stephenson’s examination of the structures of memory and family. As they attempt to organize her funeral, their memories of their childhood run together and the secrets of their separate lives are revealed. Theresa, owner of an alternative therapy business, is angry that she was left to care for their dying mother. Mary, a doctor, is still struggling with a deep loss from her past. Catherine seeks attention through a succession of short-term partners. When the play opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London in 1996 it was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. But it is melancholic too, as the emotional bruises of the sisters’ childhood emerge. Memories fade, blur and persist as the sisters bicker, watched over by the ghost of the mother to whom they are preparing to say goodbye.

NOVEMBER 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. NOVEMBER 16 at 1:00 p.m.

The box office opens November 10 . or 515.961.1601
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