Aging into a strange new world of artificial intelligence

There is much that should not be revealed about Jordan Harrison’s play, “Marjorie Prime,” which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles last year and is about to debut at Glencoe’s Writers Theatre under the direction of Kimberly Senior. Suffice it to say that it is set about 50 years in the future, it involves a sophisticated form of artificial intelligence technology and its title character, Marjorie (played by Mary Ann Thebus), is an 86-year-old widow and former violinist suffering from a failing memory and arthritis. Marjorie lives with her bitter daughter, Tess (Kate Fry), and Tess’ good-natured husband, Jon (Nathan Hosner), as well as with “a visitor,” Walter (Erik Hellman). What can be said about “Marjorie Prime” is that it very well might be the final production…


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