Exceptional People in Formal Attire

Agnes Sheehan, disabled from life-long cerebral palsy sits with her able-bodied cousin, Theresa at a fancy affair at the Hotel Dupont where she will be anointed as Delaware's 1968 Handicapped Person of Action and Purpose.  Throughout their lives, Theresa was a part of the constellation of people who made Agnes' life possible. Now with six children, Theresa can't help Agnes as much but she tries to be there when she can, despite a growing feeling of discontent about being the one that everyone seems to lean on.  Agnes' retinue also includes the Reverend Mr. Biggs, Agnes’ African-American driver, Agnes’ longtime companion, Raymond, an elegant but cryptic deaf man and Eddie Sprecher, Agnes’ business partner, an amputee. Tensions build throughout the evening between the two women as the accolades begin to pour in for Agnes. Eventually, Theresa reveals to Agnes that she is pregnant with her 7th child and is considering abortion. Agnes’s disapproval leads to an explosion as Theresa releases a lifetime of pent-up resentment. Inevitably, these two women run up against their strong and often oppositional feelings regarding the Church, the roles of women, the sanctity of life at all costs, the concrete value of caretakers, and the right way to shoulder suffering. 

AWARDS

2012 The Premiere Stages Festival

WORKSHOPS & READINGS

2012 • Premiere Stages - Directed                        by John Wooten

2011 • The Actors Studio PD Unit

2009 • American Renaissance

2010          Theater     

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