Who’s to Blame for “Independence”

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DCT Players in Independence.
DCT Players in Independence.

The DCT players are presenting playwright Lee Blessing’s drama, “Independence” for one last weekend in Douglaston. The production, originally presented in the 1980s, touches on some taboos which were disconcerting back then but are now much more visible. You can probably guess what’s on that short list.

Director Teresa Zugger is known for her operatic skills and her versatility as an actress. This intense drama offers her the chance to ask the audience—“Who’s to blame anyway?” Who is to blame for an emotionally and physically violent dysfunctional family? A family of three very different daughters and a very mentally unstable mother?

Did the mother, Evelyn (Annette Daiell) require hospitalization because of her own self-destructive nature? OR did dear old mother become manipulative to cope with her self-absorbed, extremely promiscuous youngest daughter Sherry (Lisa Lawrence)? OR did dear mum attempt suicide to prevent naïve middle daughter Jo (Amie Backner) — who has gotten herself pregnant–from fleeing with anyone who will have her? OR did Evelyn, whose husband abandoned her, feel abandoned by oldest daughter Kess (Mary Lynch) who prefers same gender relationships and has managed to flee to a university position?

So those are the questions. In this dysfunctional small town Iowa family of three daughters and an aging mother is it the children or the mother that creates the crisis? Who is reacting to whom? Catch the play then come back and respond to the blog.

The DCT players are performing at the Zion Church Parish Hall at 44th Avenue off Douglaston Parkway. Call (718) 482-3332 for tix.