23:00, Wed 10th – Sat 13th November 2004 at Fitzpatrick Hall
Michaelmas Week 5
Jessie’s epilepsy prevents her from holding a satisfying job, her marriage
has ended, and her son is a petty thief who isn’t speaking to her. She
lives with her mother, Thelma, in a small house in the American backwoods.
Jessie decides to do something about her unhappy existence and announces
that at the end of the evening, after painting Thelma’s nails, she will
kill herself. What follows is as inevitable as it is heartbreaking, as
Thelma’s increasingly desperate attempts to save her daughter’s life
illuminate their life together. This electrifying, Pulitzer Prize-winning
play is a paragon of twentieth-century tragedy.