“…Ms. Force and Mr. Jones are unfailingly energetic…”
“Honest conversations about race in a diverse public forum are too rare, and I am glad Theatre East has chosen to produce a piece with depth.”
“Windheim has created a 21st-century version of an Ibsen problem play that looks at the subject of transracial adoption.”
“Mr. Windheim’s play, though heavy-laden with many uncomfortable issues, allows us to think and feel. His story has depth, and you can’t possibly leave the theater without being touched by his ideas and honesty.”
“It’s a noble and enormous subject, and one fitting for a play in 2012.”
“Bennett Windheim’s NORMALCY will make your head spin, but in a great way. ”
“…an interesting, thought-provoking play.”
Peter Jay Sharp, 42nd Street
Aleisha Force, Harvey Guion, Mary Ann Hay, Darlene Hope, Judson Jones, Sarah Joyce, Lisha McKoy and Kelsey Sheppard
Assistant Director: Christa Kimlicko Jones, Production Manager: Eric Kasprisin, Production Stage Manager: Abbey Bay, Set Design: Lea Anello, Lighting Design: Jessica M. Burgess, Sound Design and Musical Composition: Scott O’Brien, Costume Design: Leah Rogers, Press Representative: Kevin P. McAnarney/KPM Associates
Play Themes / Production History
A steady stream of national and local disasters. So steady we’ve grown inured to them. And with each comes the inevitable chorus of “Things must change. We must change. We need to do better. We need to be better.” And that lasts a while, right up until the subsequent and equally inevitable call for “a return to normalcy”.
When confronted with the option of making hard choices that may benefit society, or returning to the personal comfort of what we know, what is the right thing to do?
Bennett Windheim’s play, Normalcy tackles themes of identity, race, terrorism, nationalism, manifest destiny, marriage and the media, all through the lens of one affluent white couple’s attempt to make the hard choice – adopting a black child or, as one character says, “saving one life from falling through the cracks” – and the unexpected and unintended consequences that it has on their happy and complacent lives.
Normalcy takes a brutally honest look at transracial adoption, from the point of view of white prospective parents and their circle of family members and co-workers, to social workers and transracially adopted adults.
Theatre East, presented Normalcy as part of its 2012-13 season. It’s run began with previews during the Labor Day weekend at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on 42nd Street. A series of talk backs were also held throughout the run, with the author, the producers and director, as well as experts in the field of race and transracial adoption.