Snapshots is the story of three women from their teens to their middle years, each journeying both together and alone. Interspersed between the scenes are monologues, ranging from the pure comedy of Hollis teaching Bible school from a feminist perspective, to the darkness of Carol and a rape trial, to a bittersweet scene with Sherry and her assorted junk food, as she plots to move to Russia, where they like their women large, and she can stop forcing herself to be what she's not - thin. As she says, "One thing I do know, I'm gonna be buried with a box of Ho-Ho's. I'm not facing eternity alone."
There is the scene with the soccer mom, and the parody, THE KEEPER OF THE SOCKS, and Hollis as the Linda Kay Lady, who adddresses her potential buyers with the fire of an old time preacher: "Do you want to get softer, get smoother, get revived, renewed? Then you have to try the all natural, all night, all right, body purifying wrinkle bustin', hormone recharging Linda Kay gel cream lotion!"
In the final scene, they're faced with a final decision - go on as they have been, or find their own center.
"Mercati's piece is about searching for identity and the bumps and detours along the way. Some of it is funny, some chilling, and all of it is searching." - Des Moines Register
Snapshots was first presented at Des Moines Drama Workshop, in Des Moines, Iowa, in January 1996 It was directed by theresa E. Valada Viars.