Taking Leave, a drama by Nagle Jackson is being directed by Stephanie Kenney-Gomez, produced by Gayle Walters. In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne (Larry Hyatt), professor of English Literature, is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the later stages of early on-set Alzheimer’s disease, he is “taking leave” of the real world and imagining a new one, but the transition is painful. His alter-ego (Scott Courville), seen only by the audience, charts his final voyage speaking as Eliot once did. His caregiver, Mrs. Fleming (Donna Benda), is awaiting the arrival of his daughters to help assist her with his care. The visitation of his three daughters, Alma (Hope Daigle), a public school counselor; Liz (Shannon Bella), the TV actress, and Cordelia (Liz Folse), the ne’er-do-well vagabond, form the central event of this fully sympathetic play.
This poignant, heartfelt drama reflects the many facets of reality in the journey of Alzheimer’s disease. While it does delve into the heartbreaking moments, it also reveals the moments of clarity and the humor that often defines our humanity. The conflicts, bonds and love of family often proves resolutions can come in the most unexpected solutions. This family drama hits close to home for so many in today’s world.
There is adult content and language in this drama.
Opening: March 15, 2019
Closing: March 24, 2019
Director: Stephanie Kenney-Gomez
Production Staff: Gayle Walters
Cast: Larry Hyatt
Shannon Knight Bella