In the opening scene, our players are arriving in Maryland, having driven from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
They’re not sure what to expect. Louella, for instance, arrives thinking that she’s gotten over the worst of her grief. Sabrina comes struggling with feelings of inadequacy; she’s seen Carla’s name and description (career woman, young mother) on the list of participants and feels inferior about her lack of education.
Carla has seen Sabrina’s name and description (young mother at home) and dreads coming, at least a little. “Another young mom…it’s going to be in my face.”
Our players, our women, our sisters, show up at Ruth’s house in the woods around 5:00 on a Friday afternoon in October. They greet and hug each other, and wander from room to room in Ruth’s spacious home, admiring what they see, wondering what this weekend’s really going to be like.
After dining on a delightful meal of pork loin with carrots, celery, onions and apples, everyone gathers in the living room, a charmingly appointed area with a sense of openness built into the design – the ceiling is lofty and the space opens up into other areas of the home. Done in shades of creamy yellow with accents of celery and rose, this room hardly looks like a crucible. And yet…