4/26/2013 3:31 AM
Edith, 12, and her brother Kenny, 16, are left alone in a remote farmhouse in Middle America. It is 1990, the car outside is almost out of gas and their bank account isn’t much better off. Their mother recently died and it has been days since they’ve heard from their father. Isolated spatially and emotionally from the outside world, they must rely on each other for survival. The bleakness of their situation brightens with the arrival of Kenny’s classmate Benji. The trio bands together for support, but the arrival of the adults prompts Edith to shoot and hit something she shouldn’t have.
EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM by A. Rey Pamatmat is far from a nostalgic look at the 90’s, but an ageless play about growing up. Pamatmat has crafted a heartbreakingly witty portrait of what it is like to grow up isolated from the norm of society. Edith carries a rifle and copes with her struggles with her best friend Fergie, a stuffed frog. Kenny has had to set aside his hopes and dreams to take care of Edith, the family finances, and their home. With the help of his endearing companion Benji, Kenny is able to discover what it means to love and be loved in return. Pamatmat’s portrayal of first love, loss, and the familial bonds that keep us together are all the things it should be: confusing, awkward and beautiful.