Nest: Mother and Daughter at Odds in Acclaimed World Premiere Play
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Legend has it that Sidney Poitier was so moved by the story of The Lilies of the Field that he waived his usual salary -- not knowing he would later win worldwide fame (and an Oscar) for his portrayal of the hard-headed Homer Smith. From the moment it was published as a novel by William E. Barret, The Lilies of the Field has had a special effect on people. Experience it yourself when Open Window Theatre presents this heart-warming stage adaptation. Headed west in search of a new beginning in the mid-1950s, black Southern Baptist itinerant worker Homer Smith encounters a group of Catholic nuns scratching out an existence in the remote Southwest. Mother Maria Marthe, convinced that Homer was sent to them by God to build them a chapel, persuades him to stay (without pay) and take on this seemingly impossible task. The faith of all are tested, proving that friendships and miracles alike come in all forms. Learn More
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We loved it! Sue, who played the mother, was fantastic. It was great to be able to laugh when the subject matter was really heavy. Well done! And it was also a treating meeting the producers, Jim and Dennis. A super evening out in St. Paul! Thanks, Barry
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This is a wonderful new play that beautifully combines a heart-wrenching story with a lot of humor and wit. It's contemporary, accessible, and with this terrific cast, it's just plain fun to watch. I was entertained from beginning to end.
Katherine has always found being a dutiful daughter difficult, and now her mother’s recent brain damage and increased drinking is making it impossible. Katherine’s apartment, job and relationship all fall apart with her mother’s surprise visit. Table Salt is thrilled to be producing the world premiere of this nationally recognized play!
Directed by Rebecca Rizzio, and featuring:
Sue: Maggie Scanlan
Katherine: Kara Davidson
Barb: Andrea Guilford
David: Nathan Tylutki
ABout the playwright:
Rachael Brogan Flanery has a B.A. in theater from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater Film & Television. Rachael has performed locally with The Brave New Workshop, Hey City Theater, Hang Kitty Productions, and The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company. Her plays have been produced in Aspen, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York. Notable works include: Nest (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist; Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist; Reverie Theater Next Generation Playwright’s Contest Semi-Finalist; Stage Spirit Award), At the Bottom of Sterling Lake (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist; NYC Summer Play Festival Third Round Selection), and One Ring Too Many (George Burns and Gracie Allen Comedy Fellowship). Rachael earned her second George Burns and Gracie Allen Comedy Fellowship for performing her one woman show Ginger as part of UCLA’s New Works Festival.
Rachael and her one act play Wolves are featured in the documentary of the same name, directed and produced by Bulgarian director Martin Kisslov. Her play Trilogy, a Play in Two Parts is published by JAC Publishing and can be purchased online at JAC Publishing or Amazon.com (credited as Rachael Brogan).