Echoes in the Garden is a memory play, set in 1962 with flashbacks to the late 1920s - all in the home of Marion and Henry Hemmerich, in the small town of Wyomissing, PA. This domestic drama centers on the return home of their daughter, Ruth, as the family tries to navigate social and familial expectations in the wake of loss that echoes through the generations.
by Ross G. Hewitt
Directed by Aimee Todoroff
Jake Roberson............Young Henry
Campbell Symes*...... Young Marion
Kirrin Tubo...................Young Lillian
* Denotes members of Actors' Equity Association
The Chain Theatre - 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY
March 11, 12 & 13 @ 7 pm
This show runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
We were so happy to have our preview and opening night performances, and to share the show with an audience, and so sad that we had to close our doors!
We hope this update finds you well.
In light of our Governor’s closure of public events, it is clear that we will not be able to reopen our show on March 25. We are deeply saddened, but understand that this is for the health and safety of our entire city.
We appreciate your patience during this uncertain time as we figure out a way to remount the show as soon as possible.
We will keep you posted. Please watch our social media spaces for updates.
I have wanted to explore this particular story as a playwright for over twenty years. At first, I was scared to write it. I met my maternal grandmother only twice in my life. The first time, I was three years old. This play is based loosely on that visit. My mother brought my sister (who is one year younger than myself) and I to visit her parents in the early 1960s. She didn't like to talk about the subject much. I only remember visiting a chicken coop for the first time and her saying the visit did not go well. I took those few facts, and what personality descriptions I had of my grandparents and deduced what may have happened and why. I grew up not knowing her parents and wondered was it just because my sister and I were bi-racial? Or was there a possible deeper explanation? One thing my mother talked about was having a brother who died at the age of four years old. That happened five years before she, the next child, was born. She always felt she could never live up to the memory that her parents, especially her mother, held on to. So, my personal rejection by my own grandmother led me to explore the topic artistically.
Ross G. Hewitt - Playwright
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Signing on to direct Ross's wonderful play was an easy decision because there are so many points of connection in the world he's created. We all recognize the paralyzing pressures of existing under constant judgement, the desperate need for a parent's love and approval, the trauma of losing a child, and the tragedy of failing to act when decency and justice demand action. But what really drew me to this play, and the richly drawn characters inhabiting it, is the central question: do we let past trauma stunt our present lives and limit our capacity to love? In "Echoes in the Garden," the expansive physical world of a garden, where life grows and flourishes, is in conflict with the characters' caged emotional lives. They are trapped in a small world of their own making, through prejudice and fear. There's an exciting tension there, waiting to be explored in rehearsal and in design.
Aimee Todoroff - Director
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Scenic Design - Mike Mroch
Costume Design - DeShon Elem
Asst. Costume Design - Ty Anderson
Sound Design - Jeanne Travis
Lighting Design - Annie Garret-Larsen
Asst. Lighting Design - Emily Murphy
Graphic Design - Samantha Hewitt
Prop Master - Gregory Levine
Director – Aimee Toddoroff
Stage Manager – Lara Tenenbaum*
Assistant Stage Manager - Julia Reed
Sound Op - Sean Alexander
Press Agent - Kampfire/Katie Rosin
Co-Producer – Erin Gilbreth
Child Wrangler - Matt Lamb
Box Office/House Manager - Erin Gilbreth