The play concerns itself with a
The cast is small, consisting of only five women and two men:
MADELINE LIVINGSTON: A suburban housewife from
. Her 20-year old son Adam was killed 7 years ago in the Pan Am 103 crash over New Jersey . Lockerbie, Scotland
BILL LIVINGSTON: Her husband, father of Adam.
OLIVE ALLISON: An older woman, from Lockerbie and leader of the laundry project.
Two middle-aged women from Lockerbie.
HATTIE: A cleaning woman from Lockerbie.
GEORGE JONES: The American government representative in charge of the warehouse storing the remains from the Pan Am 103 crash.
I know it sounds like a cliche, but all of us were rivited to the delivery of the words as each actor delivered them. Everyone who discussed it with the actors afterwards, in an open discussion, prefaced their comments with quotes of either a sentence or a paragraph.
The playwrite had Bill nailed down perfect. Only a woman could have. The quote or situation that hit me like a brick was description of having to return a Christmas gift to a 16 year old clerk. And then do it over and over again the same day for the rest of the gifts. It brought it alive. I played it like a video in my mind. I have a daughter who has worked retail since she was 14.
I could go on, but it would ramble. Her words will stay with Don and me for a long time.