The Stillness between Breaths
shifting roles and responsibilities.
The play opens with the death of their father, their mother having died some twenty years before. Although youngest sister Katy (Shannon Ferrante) does most of the narrating, all take a turn shifting from character to narrator.
Early in act 1, big sister Sharon (Alana Dauter) goes head to head with druggie Meghan (Laurel Hufano) during their first dinner at the family home without their father. The clash reveals Sharon as strong, angry, and accomplished. Meghan is funny and likeable even when she engages in what could be viewed as a despicable act to support her growing habit.
Sister Hope (Mindy Woodhead) has taken on the mother's role; fragile and weary, her attempts to keep the peace feel like pleas. Young Katy is withdrawn, a writer and a bookworm who comes to life only in her private relationship with the audience as narrator.