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“Marvin’s Room” Next Offering At MSCT

By Staff | Oct 20, 2015

Emmetsburg’s Main Street Community Theatre is in rehearsals for its upcoming presentation of the comedy, “Marvin’s Room.” The Fall production will take place on stage at the Main Street Community Theatre Performance Center on Nov. 13-14-15 and Nov. 20-21-22.

Members of the cast include Peggy Stolley as Bessie; Chris Myers as Dr. Wally; Diane Benjamin as Aunt Ruth; Faith Kennedy at Bessie’s sister Lee; Keagan Barrett and Phoenix Campbell as Lee’s sons Hank and Charlie; Don Joyce as Dr. Wally’s brother Bob and Jen Myers in dual roles as Dr. Charlotte and the Nursing Home Director.

“Marvin’s Room”, written by the late Scott McPherson, was awarded the Drama Desk Award for outstanding play; the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for best off-Broadway play; The John Gassner Award for Best New American Play and the Dramatics Guild Hull-Warriner Award. “Marvin’s Room premiered in 1991 and was later made a movie in 1996.

A hilarious and wondrous account of one woman’s commitment to loving others first, and her belief that giving such love has made her life unbelievably rich, even as she faces her own death, “Marvin’s Room” contains the themes of death, love, duty, care and sharing.

Bessie lives in Florida where she cares for her pain-ridden aunt and ailing father, Marvin, who is confined to his bed and unable to speak. When Bessie is diagnosed with cancer, her only hope is to contact her long-estranged sister, Lee, to see if their bone marrow is compatible for a transplant. The sisters reunite when Lee travels to Florida with her two sons, Charlie and Hank.

There is a line of dialogue which contains the key to the whole play. It is spoke by Bessie, who has been caring for a father who “has been dying for 20 years, slowly so that I?won’t miss anything.”

Has her life been wasted? She doesn’t believe so.

Bessie says, “I’ve been so lucky to have been able to love someone so much.”

Under the direction of Jackie VanOosbree with assistance from Jimmy Cranke, “Marvin’s Room”?will be presented by Main Street Community Theatre for six performances; November 13, 14 and 15 and the following week, November 20, 21 and 22.

The Main Street Community Theatre Performance Center is located at 2206 19th Street in Emmetsburg