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Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You

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For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls

By Christopher Durang

Directed by Harrison Young

January 14th - 30th, 2011

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You

Sister Mary Ignatius, a teaching nun who is much concerned with sin in all of its various forms, delivers a cautionary lecture to her charges. One of them, a precocious little boy named Thomas, can quote the Ten Commandments on cue, and each time he does so Sister Mary rewards him with a cookie. But when several of her former students turn up the picture darkens, along with Sister Mary’s indignation. One of them is the happy mother of an illegitimate child; another a contented homosexual; still another has had two abortions—the first after having been raped on the night of her mother’s death; while another student, now an alcoholic, contemplates suicide. Their stories are disturbing—but also very funny—and it is quickly apparent that one thing they all have in common is their loathing for Sister Mary and the unyielding dogma which she forced on them in their formative years. In the end there is mayhem and bloodshed but, with this, the unsettling feeling that, amid the laughter, some devastating truths have been told.

For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls

In this parody of The Glass Menagerie, the fading Southern belle, Amanda, tries to prepare her hyper-sensitive, hypochondriacal son, Lawrence, for “the feminine caller.” Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass cocktail stirrers. Ginny, the feminine caller, is hard of hearing and overbearingly friendly. Brother Tom wants to go the movies, where he keeps meeting sailors who need to be put up in his room. Amanda tries to face everything with “charm and vivacity,” but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody.

Cast

  • Linda High as Sister Mary
  • Billy Ross as Thomas
  • Walter Hayes as Gary
  • Angeli Gabriel as Diane
  • Ashlee Latimer as Philomena
  • Roy De La Rosa as Aloysius
  • Gary Mullins as Amanda
  • Greg Wytiaz as Lawrence
  • Caleb Burnham as Tom
  • Jennifer Brown as Ginny