A glimpse inside ‘Mind’s Eye’ (GMA News Online)

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last November 5, 2012)

The local theater scene has seen a lot of pomp and pageantry lately with all the big-name musicals being staged around the metro. However, “thinking” plays are few and far between.

One such play to look forward to is “Mind’s Eye,” which is based on a young adult novel of the same name, written by Paul Fleischman.

“Mind’s Eye” will take the audience on a fantasy journey through the narrative of its two main characters, an 88-year-old lady named Elva and a 16-year-old girl named Courtney.

In the play, the unlikely pair will share a profound life experience using their power of imagination. They find themselves sharing a room in the nursing home due to their respective physical limitations.

Courtney is paralyzed from waist down while Elva cannot indulge in her passion for literature because of her sight disability. The old woman though, convinces the youngster to read a 1910 Baedeker travel guidebook and they both utilize their imagination to take them to places such as Naples, Rome, and Florence.

Together, they learn how powerful—and dangerous—the tool of imagination can be. In the end, they discover more about themselves.

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