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David's Mother




David's Mother


By Bob Randall
Directed by Bob & June Stacy
Morrison Playhouse Porter Center for the Performing Arts Brevard College
June 30 - July 9, 2006

Cast

Natalie Broadway..............................Sally
Ray Huth ........................................David
Mary Stepp .....................................Gladys
Kathleen Healy-Schmieder................Bea
Gillie Roberts...................................Susan
Fred Justice.....................................Phillip
Allie Cagen......................................Justine
Ray Bennie.....................................John





Synopsis

A single mother raising a developmentally disabled son pays a heavy price for her devotion in this gripping story, Bob Randall's unsentimental look at the dark side of self-sacrifice. The mother's refusal to send her son off to an institution has already cost her the affections of her husband and daughter, not because their demands were unreasonable but because they simply wanted some of the time and caring that she reserved exclusively for her son David. She seems headed for a repeat performance when her sister tries to fix her up with a kind widower. The play peels away the mother's layers of self-protective insulation, forcing her to the painful recognition that her "nurturing" is smothering any chance for David's growth. Posing a dilemma refreshingly free of villains and unrealistic heroics, David's Mother finds compelling drama in the unglamorous challenges of real life.