Independence by Lee Blessing

January 2015 – February 2015

Independence is the powerful, disturbing study of a family divided against itself. The setting is the small town of Independence, Iowa, at the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs. Her oldest daughter, Kess, has come home at the request of her sister, Jo, who is concerned for Evelyn’s mental health. Kess wants to cut her family ties once and for all; Jo, a longtime virgin, has now become pregnant; while youngest daughter Sherry, salty-tongued and amoral, wants only to finish high school and leave home for good. In the end, each realizes that she must find her own heaven—or hell—in her own way.

Jo: Susan Sheriff
Kess: Becky Wachter Scholtec
Sherry: Tiffany Flory
Evelyn: Mary Bricker

Director: Maxwell Schaeffer
Stage Manager: Nicole Taweel
Scenic Design: Tim Wisgerhof
Lighting Designer: Ty Klobassa
Assistant Lighting Designer: Erica Spiller
Properties: Joy Kirpal
Costumes: Mellinda Ziegenfuss
Sound Designers: Maxwell Schaeffer & Ryan Schmitz
Production Manager: Kelly Mayhew
Technical Director: James Stephenson