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R-MWC Theatre Presents The Rimers of Eldritch

Performances run Oct. 28 through Nov. 1

10/26/2004 11:26:48 AM


Randolph-Macon Woman's College Theatre presents its fall production of The Rimers of Eldritch by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson.

The play is directed by Professor of Theatre Thomas W. Stephens.


As Martin Gottfried comments, "It is a simple one. A mystery, really. A man has been murdered. The mystery is, who he is, who murdered him and what were the circumstances? And to solve it, Wilson looks at the outsides and insides of his tiny, Middle Western town. He looks at a middle-aging woman who falls in love with the young man who comes to work in her cafe. He looks at a coarse, nasty woman mistreating her senile mother, who is obsessed with visions of Eldritch being evil and headed for blood-spilling. He looks at a tender relationship between a young man and a dreamy, crippled girl. But Wilson sees far more than this. He is grasping the very fabric of Bible Belt America, with its catchword morality ("virgin," "God-fearing") and its capability for the vicious. He senses the rhythm of its life and the cruelty it can impose. He understands the speech patterns of its loveless gossips, its sex-hungry boys, its compassionless preachers, its car-conscious blondes." In the end his portrait of Eldritch is full length, and the truth of its revelations will be pondered long after the stage lights have dimmed and the play has ended.


  • ROBERT CONKLIN - Nathan Verilla
  • EVA JACKSON - Verity Gerni '07
  • EVELYN JACKSON - Katherine Rosser '05
  • NELLY WINDROD - Tatiana Galitzin '08
  • MARY WINDROD - Carolyn Smith '08
  • PATSY JOHNSON - Angela Grove '08
  • MAVIS JOHNSON - Amy Andrews '08
  • PECK JOHNSON - Richard Beaugh
  • JOSH JOHNSON - Jeff Smith
  • LENA TRUITT - Brittany Hagar '08
  • MARTHA TRUITT - Brenna Yeary '07
  • WILMA ATKINS - Jennifer Stuart '08
  • SKELLY MANNOR - Philip Doig
  • PREACHER/JUDGE - Michael Winfree
  • CORA GROVES - Christine Schutta '06
  • WALTER - Jared Anderson
  • A TRUCKER - Peter Sheldon


Performances will take place in Thoresen Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 P.M.; Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 P.M., and Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 P.M.

Admission is $12 general; $9 R-MWC faculty and staff, senior citizens; $5 all students. Call 434-947-8562 or visit for more information.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations