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
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
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.