“Grief is a visitor that stays too long,” according to the play, which will be performed at the Wallace Center for the Performing Arts in the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, from Wednesday, April 11 to Saturday, April 21. Admission is $3 and open to the public, with proceeds supporting the cast and crew’s voyage to Scotland in August to perform the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
This short play by celebrated playwright Deborah Brevoort—recipient of the Onassis International Playwriting Award for New Plays—is based on events surrounding the terrorist bombing of flight Pan Am 103, which crashed in the town of Lockerbie, Scotland just days before Christmas 1988.
The university’s Main Stage production pays homage to the heart and humanity of the Scottish people by depicting the efforts of a U.S. mother who roams the hills looking for her son’s remains while the Lockerbie women support her and her husband while also seeking to wash thousands of pieces of clothing from the wreckage as an act of “cleansing.” The U.S. government refuses to release the clothes but the women battled back through the media.
In the words of the play: “When evil comes into the world it is the job of the witness to turn it to love.”
This production is directed by Fitchburg State Professor Kelly Morgan who, with six Fitchburg State faculty colleagues and 32 student actors and technicians, will bring the production to Scotland this summer. The ensemble of 34 includes an echo chorus, serving as aspects of the aural and scenic atmosphere in support of this theatrical journey.
The Women of Lockerbie will be performed at the following dates and times: April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m.; April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 15 and 21 at 2 p.m.