by Marsha Norman
directed by Steve Koeppen,
with Meghan Daaboul as Jessie Cates
and Virginia Kincaid as Thelma Cates
On a seemingly normal evening, we meet Thelma Cates who lives with her daughter, Jessie. On this night, Jessie comes into the room asking her mother about the whereabouts of her father’s old revolver. When Jessie finds it in the attic, she confesses to her mother that she is going to commit suicide that very evening.
Throughout the subsequent dialogue between Jessie and Thelma, Jessie reveals her reasons for her decision. And as Thelma pleads for Jessie to reconsider her decision, old secrets are revealed, and long-ignored feelings rise to the surface.
- 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
- Elizabeth Hull-Kate Warriner Award from the Dramatist Guild
- Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
- Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play
“As she perfectly captures the details of two individual, ordinary women, this playwright locates the emptiness that fills too many ordinary homes on too many faceless streets in the vast country we live in now.”
— Frank Rich, The New York Times