Evanston's Piccolo Theatre opens its 2016-17 season with British playwright Shelagh Stephenson's 1996 comedy "The Memory of Water."
Loosely based on Stephenson's own experience with familial loss, this winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy focuses on the shared experience of loss through laughter.
Set in Bamburgh, a village in Northumberland, the play provides a touching account of three sisters on the occasion of their mother's death. Each sister is haunted by her own demons, drifting around her own islands of memory — with weed and whisky.
The irreverent and witty dialogue among the sisters gives way finally to the deeper bond they share.
Directed by Michael Graham, the Piccolo production's cast includes Marsha Harman, Mary Anne Bowman, Lauren Goode, Carey Lee Burton, Shawn Hansen, Joe Beal, Megan DeLay, Christina Jones and Kevin Sheehan.
The Memory of Water previews Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 & 30, at 8 p.m. and opens Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
It runs through Oct. 30 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
All performances of The Memory of Water are at the Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.
Tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available online or by calling 847-424-0089.