Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, memories of her mother leave Vivienne's inner turmoil quietly laid bare in a juxtaposition of stories, theatrical gestures, and a childlike "creation myth."
Nicholas Caycedo as Grey Mole
Karen Lefkoe as Vivienne
Sarah Mell as White Egret
Scenic and Projections Design: Blair Mielnik
Costume Design: Cora Fauser
Lighting Design: Jamien Lundy Forrest
Sound Design: Zach Williamson
Props Master: Sue Wade
Technical Director: Alan Hefferon
Stage Management: Kelsey Vivian
BLACKBERRY WINTER runs 90 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for ages 14 & up. Some mild inappropriate language and adult themes.
Images by Lindsay Raymondjack Photography.
Behind the Scenes
"Playwright Yockey gets a lot right in 'Blackberry Winter' about the ripple effects of Alzheimer's... In recent years, dramatists and filmmakers have sought to explore the dilemma of dementia. The compassionate and insightful “Blackberry Winter’’ represents a valuable addition to that lineup." - The Boston Globe
“You’ll laugh much more than you’ll cry… [the character] Vivienne [is] a tenacious Everywoman, encapsulating and verbalizing the experience of generations.” - Sacramento Bee
"Steve Yockey’s Blackberry Winter is a fine play. ...Everyone should go see this show." - Arts Atlanta
Join us for Talkback Thursdays, where we have a deeper discussion about some of the topics in our plays. For Blackberry Winter, we will be discussing the effects of Alzheimer's and Dementia on individuals and their families.