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Echoes in the Garden

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The Chain Theatre

312 West 36th Street

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New York, NY 10018

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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.

From Playwright - Ross G. Hewitt - 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.

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The Chain Theatre

312 West 36th Street

4th floor

New York, NY 10018

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