Unity Theatre delves into the heartbreaking world of dementia with the drama when Breadcrumbs plays in the Studio space May 9-19.
This will be the final play in Unity’s 2018-2019 Studio Series. It is written by American playwright, Jennifer Haley, who grew up in San Antonio, and studied at the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree.
Breadcrumbs is a powerful drama in which we meet two troubled women: Alida, a fiction writer in her 60s, and Beth, a nurse’s aide in her late 20s. One of these women needs the other with a not-entirely-healthy urgency. Beth does her utmost to insinuate herself into the life of the famous Alida, a recluse who is battling the onset of Alzheimer’s. We see episodes from Alida’s childhood in several flashbacks, and the more we witness, the more disturbing become the parallel backgrounds of the two women – they are both lost in a strange forest in a perilous fairy tale, searching for breadcrumbs to find the way home.
Unity newcomer, Ron Jones (Artistic Director of Celebration Theatre in Houston) will direct this beautiful two-woman show. Regular Unity theatre-goers will be happy to see returning favorites in the roles of Alida and Beth. Actor’s Equity actress Celeste Roberts will play the reclusive writer, having most recently portrayed Randa in The Savannah Sipping Society and Auntie Florence in Leading Ladies.
Shanae’a Moore plays the role of Beth, and will be remembered for her portrayal of the title role in Amelia and of more than 20 different characters in the one-woman show, The Syringa Tree. The local design team consists of Ryan Eisworth (sound design), Alan Will (lighting design), and Gretchen Brossa (costume design).
Breadcrumbs runs May 9 through May 19 in the Studio space at Unity Theatre. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. The preview performance on Thursday, May 9, includes a talk-back with the cast and crew immediately following the show, and there is a director’s chat prior to the performance on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $25 and they are reserved; however, $17 tickets are available for the preview, student tickets are always $15, and all unsold seats are $15 at 15 minutes prior to any performance. Circle members and subscribers can begin making their reservations April 23rd and tickets go on sale to the public on April 29. Reservations can be made through the Unity Theatre Box Office at 300 Church Street, open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., by phone at 979-830-8358, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. On March 18, tickets are released for online purchase at https://Tickets.UnityBrenham.org. For more information, visit www.UnityBrenham.org.