‘Eleemosynary’ Debuts at Rochester College

Rochester College’s theatre department will present Eleemosynary, written by Lee Blessing and directed by Dr. David Keller, professor of interdisciplinary studies.

The play follows the story of Echo, a 16-year-old prodigy raised by a partially paralyzed and eccentric grandmother, as she strives to become a spelling bee champion and so prove her worth to the mother who abandoned her.

From L to R: Caroline Dilliplane as Artie, Sara Kmiec as Echo, and Nicole Mullaly as Dorothea.

From L to R: Caroline Dilliplane as Artie, Sara Kmiec as Echo, and Nicole Mullaly as Dorothea.

“The play’s title, Eleemosynary reflects something about words other than the importance of correct spelling,” Keller said. “Words can spark imaginations, fuel ambitions, and inspire dreams. Words can also castigate, defame, and brand. This play shows how words can provide a potential bridge over the troubled waters of family dysfunction.”

Evening performances of Eleemosynary will be Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 5-8 at 7:30 p.m., while matinee performances will be Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 7-8 at 2 p.m. All productions take place in the theatre on the campus of Rochester College at 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Students and children are $5. To purchase or reserve tickets online, visit www.rc.edu/rctheatre. For group sales or more information, call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail theatre@rc.edu.

Founded in 1959, Rochester College is an accredited, independent liberal arts college that pursues academic excellence in a Christian setting. With more than 1,000 students, both in traditional and adult learning programs, RC offers bachelor degree programs at four locations and a master’s degree in religious education. For more information about Rochester College, visit www.rc.edu.

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