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City Theatre to stage US premiere of Mother Teresa is Dead


September 18, 2007

Rebecca Harris

City Theatre begins its 33rd season with the United States premiere of Mother Teresa is Dead, written by British playwright Helen Edmundson and directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden. Mother Teresa is Dead runs from October 4 – 28 on City Theatre's 272-seat Mainstage.

Mother Teresa is Dead revolves around Jane (Rebecca Harris), who at a crisis point leaves her family in England and flees to India. When the play begins, Jane's husband, Mark (Sean Meehan), has found her in a village near Madras. She has been taken in by a British artist (Kristen Griffith), and has been helping at a children's shelter run by Srinivas (Nehal Joshi), an Oxford-educated Indian man.

Why did Jane run away and what's in the bag she won't let anyone touch? These suspenseful questions drive the fast-paced action. Along the way, deeper inquiries are made into family dynamics, Western entitlement, and the obligations of rich countries to Third World nations.

Ultimately, Mother Teresa is Dead asks: Who will be responsible? This powerful play is sure to be remembered and discussed.

City Theatre's audiences will be familiar with Helen Edmundson from her play The Clearing, which Tracy Brigden directed at City Theatre in 2001. More recently, Edmundson's adaptation of Coram Boy ran on Broadway and at London's National Theatre.

Edmundson often works with the distinctive British company Shared Experience, which has debuted many of her adaptations, including: Orestes, Gone to Earth, War and Peace, Mill on the Floss, and Anna Karenina. Born in Liverpool, England in 1964, she has received the Time Out Award, Theatre Manager's Association Award and the John Whiting Award, among others.

Tickets are available at 412-431-CITY (2489) or City


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