The Mary Baldwin University Theatre will close its 1999-2000 season with the play The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein. Wasserstein’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning, thinly veiled autobiography will be directed by Mary Baldwin Junior Ashley Hefner.
Performances will be held in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Deming Hall on Wednesday, May 10 through Sunday, May 14. Wednesday through Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., and the Sunday performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
The Heidi Chronicles shows the coming of age of Heidi Holland, played by Lauren Stafford, as she makes transitions throughout her life in an era that promised women they could have it all. Changing with her are her close friends Susan Johnson, acted by Felicia Jefferson, and Peter Patrone and Scoop Rosenbaum, portrayed by Todd Ristau and Marc Dingess respectively. Also starring are Carrie Grace Morgan, Vanessa Nickens, Lys Petersson, Lizz McVey, and Bill Jolloff in multiple roles, as some of the many people that pass through their lives.
The play begins in 1965 when Holland is a high-school student. Her difficult personal journey is mirrored by the tumultuous changes experienced by the society around her. Wasserstein affectionately pokes fun at early feminists and their sometimes naive, sometimes strident attempts at consciousness-raising, however, she also ruefully chronicles the movement’s increasing fragmentation in the 80’s.
The play does contain strong language and is recommended for mature audiences.
Ticket prices are $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults. For ticket information and credit card reservations, call (540) 887-7189, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Space is limited and advance reservations arc strongly recommended.