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A Small Death in a Big Country - Staged Reading

Professor Bill Cunningham’s original play, A Small Death in a Big Country premiered at Salem State in February 2016. We are thrilled to share that it has been selected to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Join us for a staged reading on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm before the cast heads off to their festival performance at Western Connecticut State University. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

A Small Death in a Big Country tells the story of three generations of the Barry family. Dolly Barry and her husband Martin, both members of the Greatest Generation, are preparing to sell their family home and move to Florida. However, these plans are interrupted when it is discovered that Dolly is exhibiting the signs of dementia. Martin, who is experiencing serious health problems of his own, and his three children, Joan, Michael, and Connor, need to decide on how best to care for Dolly. Martin, who believes wholeheartedly in self-reliance, has a plan that challenges his children and their sense of allegiance to the ideals of the Greatest Generation. Joan, who is a real-estate agent, Michael, who is a Catholic priest, and Connor, who is a sportswriter, must confront the meaning of faith and love in their ultimate decision. Issues in Connor’s marriage and from his past also arise when a childhood friend, now a renowned doctor, and his wife show up with an interest in buying the family home. And Connor’s daughter Lisa, who is a young documentary filmmaker preparing to go off to college, must also make a choice of her own in the name of love.

Sullivan Building, North Campus
SB-Callan Studio Theater
352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Friday, January 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Karen A Gahagan