by Simona Vintilă –– Stage direction: Simona Vintilă
Blessed is a play about painful revelations, love and suffering, disease and decline, belonging and unsettling, about longing and distress and, most importantly, about the impact that an unsparing disease – Alzheimer’s – bestirs on the day to day life of a modern family. The text pens the story of the husband which is always away on business trips, of the daughter –studying abroad – and of the mother, the main character, living all alone, more and more objected by her daily routine and by the inevitable stress of quotidian life. In the empty spaces left by these relationships, illness becomes personified with the sole purpose of externalizing the anguish of the decayed family, giving wholeness to the modernity of this glass menagerie. The self referential quality of the text, gives the play a sincere and unambiguous description of the ailments which Alzheimer’s disease bestirs on those affected by this illness and, also, on the close ones.