The Member of the Wedding
The Member of the Wedding is Carson McCullers' theatrical adaptation of her novel of the same name, widely beloved as a treasure to the American Southern literary canon. Winner of the 1950 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, the story focuses on adolescent Frankie Addams as she struggles to find her place in a world that seems to constantly exclude her. In her words, Frankie is an “unjoined person.” Ignored by her father and ostracized by the local girls, Frankie's only true compatriots are the family’s housekeeper, Berenice Sadie Brown, and Frankie's pesky younger cousin, John Henry West. During the weekend when Frankie's brother, Jarvis, is set to be married, she fixates her affection on the couple and determines to run away with them. In her desperation to belong, Frankie hopes that the newlyweds can be what she calls "the we of me," tragically ignoring the love and unity that has been with her all along.