Wife Flees to India in U.S. Premiere of Mother Teresa is Dead, by Coram Boy Playwright

News   Wife Flees to India in U.S. Premiere of Mother Teresa is Dead, by Coram Boy Playwright
The U.S. premiere of British playwright Helen Edmundson's Mother Teresa is Dead will kick off the 33rd season of City Theatre in Pittsburgh Oct. 4.

City Theatre artistic director Tracy Brigden stages the drama, which will play the company's 272-seat mainstage theatre through Oct. 28. Opening night is Oct. 10.

From the writer who adapted Coram Boy for the London and Broadway stage, Mother Teresa is Dead "revolves around Jane (Rebecca Harris), who at a crisis point leaves her family in England and flees to India," according to City Theatre. "When the play begins, Jane's husband, Mark (Sean Meehan), has found her in a village near Madras. She has been taken in by a British artist (Kristen Griffith), and has been helping at a children's shelter run by Srinivas (Nehal Joshi), an Oxford-educated Indian man. Why did Jane run away and what's in the bag she won't let anyone touch? These suspenseful questions drive the fast-paced action. Along the way, deeper inquiries are made into family dynamics, Western entitlement, and the obligations of rich countries to Third World nations. Ultimately, Mother Teresa is Dead asks: Who will be responsible?"

The design team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic), Angela M. Vesco (costumes), Andrew David Ostrowski (lights) and Elizabeth Atkinson (sound). The production stage manager is Patti Kelly.

Edmundson's play, The Clearing, was directed by Brigden at City Theatre in 2001. Edmundson often works with the British company Shared Experience, which has debuted many of her adaptations, including Orestes, Gone to Earth, War and Peace, Mill on the Floss and Anna Karenina.

For more information visit CityTheatreCompany.org.

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