by Lucy Thurber
A small town in Western Mass. A family, the Lawrences, struggles with poverty, boredom and lost potential. Into this isolated town comes Ellen, a highly educated, wealthy and well traveled young woman. She wants to give back to her country through education. She starts teaching in the public high school where Billy and Rachel Lawrence go. Ellen develops an obsession with Billy, his intelligence, insight and potential. Her obsession and desire to lift Billy out of poverty tears the family apart.
2 men (40’s)
3 women (2 late 30s/early 40s, 1 20s)
1 boy (16)
1 girl (14)
Production and Development History
Produced: Opened The Atlantic Theatre Company’s 2007/2008 main stage season, NYC.