* World Premiere

Woman in Mind (1989)
Set in the garden of Susan Gannet's suburban English home, Woman in Mindis an unusual comedy told entirely from Susan's point of view. In the beginning of the play, Susan wakes from a nasty bump on the head to find her loving, rich and debonair family lavishing her with attention and pouring endless glasses of champagne. Shortly thereafter, we meet her other family: 'a stuffy and pompous husband, a strange priggish son and a self-martyred sister-in-law. Unfortunately for Susan, her first family is a hallucination. The play becomes both hilarious and poignant as Susan begins to lose touch with reality. Her imaginary family make more and more frequent visits to her garden as she continues to question her role as wife to a solemn minister and mother to an uncommunicative son. Finally, her two worlds start to intertwine and lead Susan to the edge of insanity.

With Woman in Mind, Alan Ayckbourn has raised some important questions about the loneliness and discontent of the suburban middle-class without trivializing them. He is dealing with a very specific crisis in a woman's life and how that crisis affects the whole family. The contrast between Susan's two families is hilarious, yet it manages to bring Susan's dissatisfaction with her life to the surface.
About the Play
Written By: Alan Ayckbourn
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About the Production
Run Dates: 10/26/1989 - 11/19/1989
Program: Program (.pdf)
Venue: Queen Anne
Directed By: David Ira Goldstein
Cast: Laurence Ballard - Gerald, husband
Mark Chamberlin - Tony, brother
Patricia Hodges - Susan
Lori Larsen - Muriel, sister-in-law
Ma'ria Lodahl - Lucy, daughter
Robert Nadir - Andy, husband
David P. Whitehead - Rick, son
Michael Winters - Bill, doctor
Behind the Scenes: Bill Forrester - Set Designer
Suzanne Fry - Stage Manager
David Hunter Koch - Composer; Sound Designer
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
Rose Pederson - Costume Designer
Phil Schermer - Producing Director
Jeff Steitzer - Artistic Director
Susan Trapnell Moritz - Managing Director