The curtain is going up on “Frances, My Mensch,” a short play written by recent National Louis University graduate Lucy Pabst, on Friday, Aug. 17 during a play festival at the Skokie Theater. It is one of three plays written by students or graduates of the M.S. in Written Communication program to be produced recently on Chicago-area stages.
“Frances,” which Pabst based on characters from James McBride’s book “Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, ” is being produced as part of a short play festival on Friday August 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at this link. The Skokie Theater is located at 7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois.
The short play focuses on the relationship between two friends through the various times and troubles in their lives. Ruth, James’ Jewish mother, looks back over her life and her one and only very special friendship with Frances. We see Frances befriend Ruth on the school playground and watch their friendship grow despite their cultural and religious differences. The play investigates what could have happened if Ruth had confided in Frances that she was pregnant when she was a teenager by a black boy in town.