Communion

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Synopsis:

The time is an era or two ago. Two “church ladies” are discussing their congregation’s pending vote on the ordination of women. Their husbands are against it and they aren’t too sure themselves – until they have a little epiphany over apple cider punch and celery squares.

The cast:

Helen – 40s
Mary Anne – 30s

The era:

Sometime in the not-so-distant past. The United Church of Canada first began ordaining women in 1936; most other denominations were later than that and, of course, one or two still haven’t quite seen the light as of 2010. As a result, it would be good to keep this piece relatively era-neutral, though some of Helen and Mary Anne’s attitudes (and the recipes) are clearly not of the last twenty or thirty years and the food itself is strictly 1950.

The locale:

A church kitchen, or parlour.

Production History:

Communion was first produced at Eastbound Theatre, Milford, Connecticut, in 2011.