TELLICO COMMUNITY THEATRE
THE TIN WOMAN
By Sean Grennan
Directed by James Fisher
November 20 6:00 – 8:00 (Wednesday)
November 21 2:00 – 4:00 (Thursday)
November 23 1:00 – 3:00 (Saturday)
February 13 – 15 & 20 – 23
Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack’s death? When they meet with Joy, the awkwardness becomes funny and heartfelt. Playwright Sean Grennan skillfully weaves comedy, truthfulness, and pathos into a moving play. All the players come to terms with what it really means to truly give one’s heart. This work honestly demonstrates the power of human spirit to manifest hope. The Tin Woman is a wonderful theatrical experience based on a true story.
mid-late 20’s to late 30’s. A freelance graphic artist. At the outset, Joy has received a life-saving heart transplant but is now conflicted about what to do now. Smart, sometimes acerbic, attractive but rudderless with her new lease on life.
early 60’s. He is nearing retirement as head of a small building supply company. Husband to Alice and father to Sammy and now-deceased heart donor, Jack. Hank is pushing forward, trying very hard not to wallow in or even barely acknowledge his grief and guilt. He can be snappish, abrupt, and lately has been drinking more than he ought. He believes he’s handling things just fine.
36. An accountant with aspirations of being a professional photographer. He dresses fashionably, hipster-ish. Jack is dead at the outset but nonetheless appears throughout the show. He’s not a ghost, exactly – more a memory that lingers.
early 60’s. Mother of the deceased Jack and Sammy. She’s a solid, loving, enduring presence. She knows her husband and is aware of what he’s going through. She accepts his scorn until she doesn’t anymore. A big heart that is dealing with its own pain while trying to hold the family together and do the right thing.
20’s–30’s. A preschool teacher and Jack’s younger sister. She’s somewhat “new-age” but with an enormous heart. She really wants to help in any way she can. She writes a blog where she might over-share her life, to Hank’s consternation. She can give in too easily to her emotions but of everyone, she is most in-touch with them.
30’s-60’s. Nurse is very competent if a bit annoying in her approach. She’s by-the-book in all things, but she is probably so busy, can sometimes condescend. A functionary but a positive person with a small, religious streak. Darla is somewhat flamboyant, artsy, very caring for Joy. A singular soul in habit and dress. She worries about and wants the best for her friend.