by Patricia Connelly
About the Play
It’s 1969 in upstate New York, and eleven-year-old Margaret has been caught stealing milk from the local convent. Sister Anastasia takes pity on the impoverished girl, and admits her to the school. Sister Helen, a newcomer to the school with a dark past of her own, treats Margaret harshly, and takes great exception to Margaret being chosen to represent the school. Anastasia witnesses Helen’s shocking humiliation of Margaret, and Anastasia is forced to acknowledge her own role in hiding Sister Helen’s objectionable teaching record. As tensions in the school and community flare, Anastasia must decide whether to look the other way or take action and risk losing the school she has built.
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Patricia Connelly (Playwright)
Patricia Connelly is an award-winning playwright and director. Her plays have been presented at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival and have been produced in Washington, D.C., and New Mexico. Her play, The Penny or the Stone, won the Robert Bone Memorial Playwriting Award at the Dallas Theatre Center. Other full-length plays include: What Happens in This Town, All the Sins of My Past Life, Harriet, and Night Sky. She has taught playwriting and theater and produced new play festivals at the University of New Mexico. She has a MA degree in Theater from the University of New Mexico and she is a student in the MFA Creative Writing (Playwriting) program at Goddard College. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Forum of Washington, D.C.
Robert Michael Oliver (Director)
Robert Michael Oliver is an interdisciplinary performer-director-poet-filmmaker. He has worked for over 30 years combining artistic collaboration with cultural diversity to bring new and thought-provoking works of literature and performance to metropolitan Washington, DC. In 1984, with Elizabeth Bruce and Jill Navarre, Michael co-founded The Sanctuary Theatre, which introduced DC audiences to works by such renowned international artists as Enrique Buenaventura and Tawfiq al Hakim. In 2010, he founded The Performing Knowledge Project, Finding Narrative in Knowledge, Giving Voice to Words. The Project produces theatrical versions of literary works. His performance of Song of Myself: The WHITMAN Project marks his second venture into solo performance. At the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival Michael performed Embodying Poe, in which seven of the poet's most mystical creations were brought to life. From that production a short film, The Raven, was produced in 2013. His second short film, "Eureka", is due out next year. In 2013, he directed Legal Tender: Flash Theatre for a Flash Fiction World. At the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival he performed Poe Whitman, his two interdisciplinary solo pieces in repertory.