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The secret of flight lies in the assurance that we are worthy of flying…
“An exquisitely wrought portrait of three women’s passions, a taut, vividly acted, richly satisfying production” – Portland Phenix
Do not miss this lovely production which shows human relationships are not always easy, but grace and forgiveness go a long way” – The Edge
NOVEMBER 13-29, 2015
New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 2015-16 season continues its celebration of women with Eleemosynary, a play by Lee Blessing that focuses on the lives of three brilliant women. Dorothea, the grandmother, attempts to shed the bonds of a controlling father and husband who refuse to give her a traditional education by striving to learn all she can in non-traditional ways. Middle-aged daughter Artie attempts to flee her eccentric mother’s world by saving lives from the seclusion of a research lab. Trying to live up to her grandmother’s expectations and win her mother’s affection, 16-year-old Echo strives to be a spelling bee champion. All three generations share a deep love of learning, a self-expectation of extraordinariness, and a desire to “fly” in many different ways.
Director Meghann Beauchamp chose the play because it illustrates the essential need for human connection from a uniquely feminine point of view – the relationship of mothers and daughters. She says, “I want the audience to feel that no matter how damaged you think a relationship is, healing is possible. No matter how far in the dark depths you are, ascension is possible.”
Eleemosynary stars NHTP artistic director Genevieve Aichele as Dorothea, Colleen A. Madden as Artie, and Minta Carlson as Echo. Meghann Beauchamp will design lights as well as direct. Joining her are Maura Suter as Costume Designer, Dane Leeman as Set Designer, Kristin Henrick as Stage Manager, and Isabel Smith as Production Assistant. Original music for Eleemosynary will be composed by musician Jeremiah Messer.
3 Performances only!
Karen (Abrami) Fitzgerald is back on the seacoast from New York!
September 11-13, 2015
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
Karen Fitzgerald, the actress formerly known as Karen Abrami, graced Seacoast stages for 15 years, in dozens of lead roles with some of the area’s top actors, before heading south in 2004 – to New York City!
Before she made that move, she played a wide range of characters: The Witch in Into The Woods, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, Mrs. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (twice, with Bill Humphreys), Agnes in I Do, I Do with Peter Motson, , to name a few!
She played everything from prostitutes to nuns, young marrieds to old dowagers, which may be why Genevieve Aichele cast her in the Music Hall’s 125th Anniversary Celebration! In her spare time, she also served on the Music Hall’s Board of Directors for three years.
Then of course, before she headed out of town, she sang for many years as a featured soloist with the popular gospel group, The Funky Divas of Gospel, with Jim MacDougall. No wonder she was tired when she got to NYC!
But that was not to last. Karen has been busy. She has expanded her reach to help other people emerge into their own possibility, using every skill at her disposal. She is not only a life coach and motivational keynote speaker, but also wrote and produced her solo show, Hot Mama Mahatma, a comedy about what happened post divorce. The tagline: “She went to India to get enlightened but got turned on instead!” Besides playing to sold out audiences, it won the Producer’s Award at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in Manhattan.
Karen followed that up at the Metropolitan Room with several sold out performances of The Goddess Revue: The Journey of Turned On Women!, an adult fairy tale told through song, dance and burlesque about a woman emerging into her sexy freedom. And no, she didn’t do the burlesque part
Finally, she’s been featured in two books on fearless women: Fearless Women, Visions of a New World and In Her Power by Helene Lerner, from which she was a featured guest on the public television special of the same name.
This past year Karen did a popular webinar, Dancing With Desire, for the international media company, Hay House, and most recently was a guest speaker at the Gratitude and Trust Summit, with Academy Award and Grammy Winner, Paul Williams. Her topic? Reinventing Yourself from the Inside/Out. She knows something about that! And yes, she is DELIGHTED to be back on the Seacoast! Special thanks to Genevieve for the invitation to come back up here and play with my Portsmouth peeps!