‘The Memory of Water’ reveals family’s secrets

By Sophia A. Rodriguez


“The Memory of Water,” a play by Shelagh Stephenson with a message of how to never lose love and hope, opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre.

The Department of Theatre Arts bills the two-hour play as a “gloriously funny and deeply felt story about three bereaved sisters who have come together for the funeral of their mother, (Vi).”

This reunion of the sisters – Catherine, Mary and Theresa – who bring their spouses along leads to the uncovering of family secrets, quarrels over funeral arrangements and the sisters’ mixed memories of a “highly feminine working-class mother.”

Mark Stringham, an assistant professor of theatre arts, is directing a cast that includes Sandra Alonso as Mary; Eric Montoya as Mike; Joshua Hutchinson as Frank; Caitlin Roberts as Teresa; Kristin Mancha as Catherine; and Lauren Garcia as Vi.

Stringham said he has encouraged the cast to be honest in their roles, which will captivate the hearts of the audience. Costumes are by Margaret Mitchell. Scenery and lighting is by Melissa Gaspar.

“Time of grievance is complex and extremely emotional,” Stringham said. “The realistic depiction during this process will ring familiar with those who have experienced this firsthand. We hope to see the good and the bad within each character, thereby raising some tough questions about ourselves and how we treat others.”



“The Memory of Water” runs 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2; 2 p.m. Feb. 24; and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Cheever Downstage Theatre.

UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free with their UIW ID.

Otherwise, tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, and $6 for groups of 10 or more.

For more information or reservations, call (210) 829-3810 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or the theatre box office at (210) 829-3800 beginning at 3 p.m. during production weeks.



Courtesy of UIWTV


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