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After the talkback on Saturday December 6th, the effect and the importance of this show grows ever clearer. The audience members were deeply touched by the family and the beautiful writing that depicts them so brilliantly. The audience was engaged whether they were from a Catholic background or not. They felt that the stories were universal to many family’s experiences.
Setting the play in the 1970’s gives enough distance to the issues that are still very relevant today by bending them through the lens of history and allowing the audience to digest and examine the themes without making them too close. A psychotherapist in the audience described how the show had helped her to understand many of her patients who grew up in Catholic families. There is a system that is all encompassing and what happens when someone in the family unit does not fit comfortably in that system?
When asked how she came to the story, Laura Pedersen responded the she was not personally catholic, but she may have well been, because buffalo was a catholic town. There were Fish Friday's at school, a nun on every corner, and everyone was always coming or going from bingo. She was interested by what happens when you are in a system, but then are afforded choices and have to deal with the consequences. It is easier not to have choices, but then you are limited. What happens when someone’s family is part of an institution that makes one choose between the faith and their family members who don't necessarily fit into that box.
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