By Network Playwright BARBARA LHOTA
Directed by Associate Artist ANNA C. BAHOW
Abby, an autistic teen, only speaks in echo-speech, until she is introduced to a promising communication method that requires a facilitator to help her type letters into a communicator. Abby’s mother is thrilled, but her sister and father are dubious about this new method - the latest in a long line of therapies. Just as the facilitator convinces the family Abby is actually communicating, she types a shocking accusation. “Echo” examines the complex dynamics of a family driven by the increasing pressures of hope.
BARBARA LHOTA is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists and with Pride Films and Plays. Her plays have been produced in Boston, Chicago, New York and throughout the country. Recent productions include Warped (Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, 2013) and Personal Penchants (The Open Theatre, Boston, 2014; City Theatre, Miami, 2013; The Women’s Theatre Project, Miami, 2013). Echo was chosen for the New American Voices Reading Series, The Landing Theatre, Houston in 2014 and was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill (2013). Her play, 180 Degree Rule, co-written with M.E.H. Lewis will be produced by Babes With Blades Theatre Company next season.