The Family of EWE
Described as “an ode to the bonds of female friendship,” The Family of EWE is a play about women, who despite imperfections and challenges, choose to stand by each other and, when necessary, confront and stand up to each other as well. A comedy that dives deep on real feelings in between the hilarity of everyday life, in the end, it is the story of women who become family - on purpose.
Hannah, Jane, and Kathy, all in their 50’s, live together in Hannah’s house. The play begins at their home after the funeral of their housemate, Anne. Hannah has set up a shrine for Anne in their living room to remind them all that their dear friend is still with them. At different times, Anne’s daughters, Sophie and Madeline, show up on their doorstep, each with their own unresolved relationship issues with their mother. Hannah, Jane, and Kathy take it upon themselves to watch over Anne’s daughters, a full hearted, but bumpy undertaking. Their friends, Toni, Patty, and Jen join the household on a regular basis when Hannah hosts the women’s group, EWE (Enlightened Women Empowered), intended to support and encourage them all. Each woman attends the group for her own reason, and over the years of sharing stories, laughter and tears, the friends become family. Things go awry when Jane invites Margeaux, who is new to the area, to join EWE. Unknown to all, Margeaux is “the other women” who had an affair with Kathy’s now ex-husband, Alan. In the midst of Kathy figuring out how to move past her anger, Hannah and Jane invite Madeline, Anne’s youngest daughter, to move in under unexpected circumstances.
The Family of Ewe began as a mission to not only write more roles for women, but to tell their stories as well. In particular, the playwright wanted to create emotionally compelling roles for women in their 50’s and older, an often slighted demographic. In addition, Vasta Folley was inspired to write about unconventional concepts of home and family. She notes that the author Abraham Verghese writes that the definition of home is “not where you are from, but where you are wanted,” and says, “I believe that encapsulates our fundamental human need. The Family of Ewe women taught me that there are those who naturally create family and others who are blind to the possibility of belonging. But what is true, is that those who understand family, belonging, and love offer harbor for everyone. There’s a place for everyone at the table. And women, the nurturers that we are, have a gift for doing so - for creating family - on purpose.”
CAST SIZE - 10(Character & Stage Age)
9 Women (Hannah, Jane, Kathy, Patty, Toni - 50’s / Jen - 40’s / Margeaux late 30’s-40’s / Sophie (late 20’s) / Madeline (early 20’s)
1 Man (cameo role, Rory - 20’s)