The show is in previews April 19-25.
Founded with the goal of increasing the number of theatrical opportunities for women over 50, Prime Productions has made an inspired selection with its latest effort, Marjorie Prime. The play envisions a world in which the elderly can procure robotic companions uncannily crafted to resemble deceased loved ones. In contemporary playwright Jordan Harrison’s intriguing scenario, these artificial beings are known as Primes, exemplified by Walter, the supposedly perfect simulation of 85-year-old Marjorie’s late husband. But while Walter has been programmed to replicate the departed, the resemblance to his namesake is the source of much conjecture. Even Marjorie, beset by the slow erosion of her own mental facilities, questions the illusion. Losing the struggle to retain her memories, Marjorie embodies the common fear of lost identity as her daughter and son-in-law ponder the possibility of replacing flesh and blood with a synthetic reproduction. Under the direction of Elena Giannetti, this production features an accomplished cast of Twin Cities talent, including acclaimed lead Candace Barrett Birk as Marjorie.