by Patricia Burke Brogan
Directed by: Charlotte J. Headrick
Auditions: Dec. 4, 5, 6(callbacks), 2023
Performances: Mar. 1, 2, 3(m), 7, 8, 9, 2024
A play about the women of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. This statue commemorates their struggle.
Eclipsed is a powerful and moving award-winning play with dozens of productions around the world. Set
in a Magdalene laundry in the 1960s, the all woman play documents the Irish Catholic church and their
practice of incarcerating pregnant and unwed Irish mothers in church-run laundries making them work
as penitents. If you saw the film Philomena, you have seen the story of one Magdalene. Although a
drama, the play is filled with moments of humor as well song.
Charlotte J. Headrick is a Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts at Oregon State University. A past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, West, she has directed numerous premieres and productions of Irish plays all over the United States, particularly those written by women. She is widely published in the field of Irish drama. A former Moore Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she is co-editor with Eileen Kearney of Irish Women Dramatists 1908-2001 (2014, 2016 Syracuse University Press). She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Medallion for service to that organization. She is also a Distinguished Professor for Undergraduate Teaching at Oregon State. As an actress, favorite roles include Madam Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, Kate in All My Sons, Rima in Frank McGuiness’s Dolly West’s Kitchen, Countess Roussillon in All’s Well That Ends Well, Duke Senior in As You Like It (directed by her former student Seattle director Sheila Daniles). She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. In March of 2023, she portrayed Betty in Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti in a reading at ACT.
Director’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cast of Characters
Brigit Murphy: Unwed mother
Cathy McNamara: Unwed mother
Nellie-Nora Langan: Unwed mother (mid-twenties)
Mandy Prenderville: Unwed mother
Juliet Mannion: Orphan who has been raised in the orphanage adjacent to the laundry
Rosa/Caroline: US citizen who comes looking for her birth mother
Sister Virginia: Novice nun who questions the harsh treatment of the nuns in the laundry
Mother Victoria: mother abbess in control of the laundry (50s-70s)
(Age range of other women is late teens to mid-thirties)