The Chosen Daughter
by Jeanne Murry Walker
Dawn is an extraordinary young woman, sheltered from the world by her mother's nurturing, religious presence. She is preparing to go off to New York and the challenge of Juilliard. Her only close friend is her dead grandmother Sophie, for whom she was named. Dawn's older sister, Marlene, is a gifted clothing designer who has never felt included in the musical family. She tells Dawn that their mother conditioned Dawn to play—and there is some evidence she is right. Dawn sees for the first time how her love for music was shaped by her mother's own struggle to recapture her dreams and early promise. Terrified that she might be living out life as a mere projection of her family, Dawn thinks about giving up the violin she loves. The play is less about women than about questions of identity and freedom, and the ways we are formed by a combination of our individual histories and choices.