The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble is a beautifully written story of a family who is forced to deal with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Playwright Beth Graham, touches upon the tricky nature of family dynamics (both heart-wrenching and funny) that occur when we are faced with such a crisis, and the effects of mental illness seen through the eyes of a young woman who’s searching for her own feelings amidst the whirlwind emotions of her family. ‘
There are unseen forces that hold the universe together, that hold a family together and that hold us together as individuals. So what happens when those bonds begin to disintegrate?
Iris Trimble is trying to hold it all together. She may very well fly off the face of the earth if she doesn’t hang on to the kitchen counter. At least that’s how she feels after her mother, Bernice, a lively, recently widowed fifty-nine-year-old breaks the news that she has early onset Alzheimer’s. In an effort to cope with the stress, Iris makes her mother’s famous Everything-That-Is-Bad-For-You casserole, a childhood favourite. Her siblings, on the other hand, are on opposite sides of the spectrum: Sarah, the eldest, irately calls for a second opinion, while Peter, the youngest, seems completely unfazed. As for Bernice, she’s still as vivacious as ever, always up for a good laugh, and, most of all, ready to finally put herself first.