EMMA SOLOMON stands before a framed poster of a 1940’s film starring her late mother, LOIS O’Brien. She has finally come to clear out Lois’ things, a few trinkets, costumes, books and research materials, and stacks of Lois’ journals, kept throughout her nearly seventy years of life. Emma has long ignored the task, unwilling, more likely unable, to deal with her mother’s complicated legacy and their unresolved relationship. The journals bring Lois alive and they begin to dig into a complicated past.
Soon, Emma’s daughter, SHANNON MOORE, arrives, much to Emma’s surprise. A family friend has schooled Shannon in some family truths Emma neglected to mention along the way and now Shannon needs to understand why Emma cloaked the family history in secrecy. It explains a lot to Shannon about her mother’s behavior through the years but she’s also angry and hurt and needs to know why Emma hid these very important events from her. Shannon was very young when Lois died but she remembers her fondly and yearns to see the full picture of what happened.
At the heart of the matter is the fact that both Lois and her screenwriter husband, Arthur Solomon, were blacklisted in the 1950’s. It changed everything and set off events that continue to impact Emma.
What happened all those years ago and why can’t Emma move past it?
Celebration of Women In the Arts' and Reading Community Players are proud to present BOMBSHELL, written and directed by Susan E. Sneeringer (of The Writers Room, #563, at Goggleworks), October 8, 9 and 10 at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Avenue, West Lawn. BOMBSHELL tells the story of three generations of a family impacted by the 1950's Blacklist. Susan McDermott, Rachel Williams and Kate Pistone will star.