Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1980s
Settings Of Play - One set - the interior of a brownstone in New York City. Downstage is the living room/dining room area and upstage is a small fitting room where Erica designs and makes costumes and tries them on her clients.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking
Adolescence, Aging, Betrayal, Business, Childhood, Death, Feminism, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Memory
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Erica, a successful, artistic and outspoken New Yorker, is caught between the needs of Biesel, her frail, willful mother and Phoebe, her distant, spiritual daughter. In an attempt to improve her relationship to Phoebe, Erica decides to put her mother in a nursing home as she has come to believe Biesel is responsible for Phoebe's growing belief that her mind is unimportant as it prevents her from having a direct experience of God. A battle of wills ensues that brings all three women face to face with their own anger and the ways in which they do and don't love each other. The play takes place in New York City and has one set consisting of 2 rooms...a living room and a sewing room.
"One cannot dismiss the intelligence behind Alterations. Ms. Curran does know how to observe people. Fascinating." - The New York Times
"Funny and observant." - Newsday
"Truly comical." - The New Yorker
"Excellent." - Variety
"Ms. Curran has created a theatre piece whose humor helps ratify its authentic observation." - Christian Science Monitor
Alterations was first presented at Portland Stage in Portland, Maine, on December 4, 1981. It was directed by Barbara Rosoff. The play subsequently premiered in New York City at the WPA Theatre on October 29. It was directed by Austin Pendleton.