Lucy

The title character of Lucy is a thirteen-year old girl with Autism.  Her mother, Vivian, is an anthropologist who wants absolutely nothing to do with her.

Play title: Lucy

Author (s): Damien Atkins

Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press

Publication Date: 2010

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Biology (Evolution)

Secondary Discipline: Anthropology

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: None; Playwright’s inspiration comes from a real-life chimpanzee named Lucy

Character Breakdown: 2 men, 3 women

Vivian, Lucy, Gavin, Julia, Morris

Setting: Vivian’s home, Morris’ office

Time Period: Contemporary (late 2000’s)

Synopsis of Play: The title character of Lucy is a thirteen-year old girl with Autism.  Her mother, Vivian, is an anthropologist who wants absolutely nothing to do with her.  But when Vivian’s ex-husband insists on her taking care of Lucy while he moves on with his new wife, she is surprised to find that she is more like her daughter than she initially thought. (Rumschlag)

First Performance Date: March 7, 2007

First Producer: Canadian Stage Co./Ensemble Studio Theatre – NYC/Delaware Theatre Co.

Performance History: March 7 – November 18, 2007

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/02/theater/reviews/02lucy.html

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2ca5b5e280d1f81507240586d&id=34ae5b4be0

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/saved-by-a-stellar-ending/article722092/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

http://www.stagemagazine.org/2011/01/gut-wrenching-and-compelling-story-telling-lucy-delaware-theatre-company/

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/25642/title/Autism–as-seen-onstage/

http://joyofautism1.blogspot.com/2007/04/review-of-lucy.html

https://nowtoronto.com/stage/theatre/this-lucys-a-little-loose/

http://www.curtainup.com/lucyest.html

Entered by: Elise Rumschlag/Rae Mingione

Elise Rumschlag is a Music-Theater Major at Christopher Newport University.  She has two Associate of Arts Degrees in Music and Theater from Thomas Nelson Community College.  She has performed in several theater productions at both schools, including Brigadoon, Working, and Cosi Fan Tutte.  She has participated in the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at CNU and has performed onstage with Patti LuPone, Bobby McFerrin, and Kelli O’Hara.  She has served as a member of the wardrobe crew for two CNU main stage productions (Almost, Maine and Stupid F@$#ing Bird).

Rachel Mingione is a senior at Christopher Newport University obtaining her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Music. She has participated in many stage productions from a young age and has always had a love for all plays and musicals. Some of her favorite roles include, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Susan Davies in Fate’s Thread, and Mrs. Bucket in Willy Wonka.

 

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