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Theatre and Dance to perform Eleemosynary
By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present “Eleemosynary” on Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 27 – March 2 in Theatre West. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. except for a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 24. Dr. Vicki Parrish is the director.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, call (318) 357-4483.

The cast is Lindsey Page of Houston, Sarah Roberts of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Ashley Webster of Bossier City.

“The play is a series of fragmented vignettes that jumps from one to another over a period of 15 to 20 years,” said Parrish. “It is a play that is at times funny. The play takes good actors and we have really good actors cast.”

“Eleemosynary” probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother, and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect and sensitivity who Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea.

As the play begins, Dorothea has suffered a stroke, and while Echo has reestablished contact with her mother, it is only through extended telephone conversations. Real issues are avoided  and their talk is mostly about Echo's single-minded domination of a national spelling contest.
In the end, after Dorothea's death, both Artie and Echo come to accept their mutual need and find  the courage to try, at last, to build a life together-despite the risks and terrors that this holds for both of them after so many years of alienation.


Members of the cast of “Eleemosynary” are, from left, Lindsey Page of Houston, Sarah Roberts of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Ashley Webster of Bossier City.