Three generations of a WASP family gather at their summer home in the Berkshires to discover that Josephine Whitacker, 82, the beloved but willful matriarch, is losing her memory. The bonds of love and long-simmering tensions erupt in both humor and anger when Josephine’s desperate act provokes a crisis.

An ensemble play for a cast of eight, Close Ties was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has won rave reviews in hundreds of productions since its premiere at the Long Wharf in 1982 under the direction of Arvin Brown. It was directed by Pamela Berlin at Ensemble Studio Theatre in the first New York production in 2007.

“A poignant family drama.” — Theatermania 2008

“Poignant and honest.” —

“A large and beautiful ensemble this good is always a surprise.” — Time Out 2008

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