Emma’s Child
Sep 22Oct 27, 1996
By Kristine Thatcher


Terry McCabe


Kristine Thatcher


David Darlow (Henry)
Gary Houston (Sam)
Jackie Katzman (Emma Michelle)
Tom Mula (Laurence)
Julie R. Pearl (Mary Jo)
Mary Poole (Tess/Dr. Arbaugh)
Rochelle Richelieu (Vivian)
Barbara Robertson (Jean)
Celeste Williams (Franny)


After 15 years of trying unsuccessfuly to conceive a child, Henry and Jean, married middle-class professionals, commit to adopting an infant to be born to Emma, a young unwed mother. The child, a boy named Robin, is badly brain damaged at birth, with little chance for survival; but Jean, her mothering instinct unleashed, clings to him with daily, obsessive visits to the hospital, convincing herself that, with the aid of her love and care, a miracle will happen. Henry, however, begs her to let go. Having survived a hellish cancer operation, he knows the pain of being totally debilitated, and he wants none of that pain for the child, or the consequent anguish for him and Jean. (Source credited: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-09-23/features/9609230022_1_thatcher-love-and-marriage-henry)

Production Team

Terry McCabe: Director
Laura Cohen: Assistant Director
Dennis Zacek: Artistic Director
Ron DeMarco: Production Manager
Carrie Komitsky: Assistant Production Manager
Shane Spaulding: Stage Manager
Mary Griswold: Set Designer
Todd Hensley: Lighting Designer
Claudia Boddy: Costume Designer
Dawn Bach: Sound Designer