It’s not too late to attend a wonderful show and bring your non-perishable food items to this weekend’s final performance of Welfarewell at Theatre Jacksonville. Welfarewell is about a woman who is NOT demented or eccentric, but who, like any of us; could fall down on their luck and is forced to live on the streets. Instead of dwelling out in the elements, 80 years young Esmerelda Quipp decides that incarceration would be a better place. At least she would have a couple of ‘not so square’ meals a day and a roof over her head. She wants to be a permanent inmate, so she breaks back into the ‘pokey’ numerous times.
As the play unfolds, the audience is entertained by the antics of this senior citizen, Esmerelda Quipp, and the people whom she meets while trying to survive in jail. Murderers, prostitutes, actors, and thieves were all cohorts in jail with the leading lady Esmerelda. Some of the language could have been omitted (taking God’s name in vain wasn’t necessary), but the play is very well done and that’s the way the author wrote the book. Scene changes were all done by volunteer cast & crew members in a timely fashion.
Too many times, people like the Mom in the knotmove.com article, “Dead beat Dads or Dead Beat Florida Child Support System,” should not have to be subjected to dependency upon the welfare system in order to live. As mentioned in one of her books, this writer once used the welfare system to get out of the very same system; so she knows it can be done with the proper assistance. Thank God for the Clara White Mission.
“The Clara White Mission is very appreciative of this collaboration. This is the first time that the Clara White Mission has partnered with Theater Jacksonville in this capacity and the board of directors and I are excited. “Welfarewell” was an awesome play, and it depicts what perseverance and determination to overcome obstacles can achieve. This partnership builds community capacity and the opportunity for the patrons to give back to the homeless and low-income during this critical time in our economy, where food is critical and essential to families. Both Theater Jacksonville and Clara White Mission are historical cornerstones that have a strong history of community service. Again, we thank Sarah Boone, staff and patrons of Theater Jacksonville for reaching out to the Clara White Mission, Inc.” ― Ju’Coby Pittman, CEO/President, Clara White Mission
This show is top-notch and the surprise ending will make you cheer. This columnist recommends that you see the play while it’s in Jacksonville or if it comes to a theater near you – and please don’t forget your food items. They will be greatly appreciated!
Dates and Times:
October 14, 15, 16*, 20**, 21, 22, 23*, 27**, 28, 29, 2011
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM | **Thursdays at 7:30 PM | *Sundays at 2:00 PM
Tickets: from $20.00 to $25.00
2032 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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