The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, an award-winning drama by Paul Zindel will be presented August 6, 7,13,14 at 7 pm and August 15 at 5 pm at the Masonic Lodge in Essex, NY.
The play features a family in conflict during a difficult economic and emotional time. "Frowsy, acid-tongued Beatrice Hunsdorfer, supporting herself an her two daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder, wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody around her. One daughter, Ruth, is a pretty but highly strung girl subject to convulsions, while the younger daughter, Matilda ('Tillie'), plain and almost pathologically shy, has an intuitive gift for science. Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie undertakes a gamma ray experiment with marigolds that wins a prize at her high school--and also brings on the play's shattering climax...[but] something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil." - Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
This production is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council's Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County, the Charles R. Wood Foundation Grant, and by a grant from the Stewart's Foundation. Performed with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.