‘A Beautiful Spell’ challenges love misconceptions

Play aims to discuss society’s perception of successful romantic relationships


ADAM JACKSON | The Daily Evergreen

Actors Kristen Lincoln, left, and Alex Miller describe their experience working at the theater.

MORGAN LESTER, Evergreen reporter

“A Beautiful Spell” is the story of Franny and Jim, who have been married 12 years and suddenly wake up in the middle of the night to realize that they don’t love each other.

This new play, produced by the Pullman Civic Theatre, takes on marriage and love in a new light, working to ask and answer the questions of what happens when the magic of love wears off. What is love – is it routine? Is it need? Or something entirely different?

When Franny finds that she is attracted to other people, it scares her, said Kristen Lincoln, who plays Franny and is the production manager for the theatre. She has been taught by society and movies that once you fall in love with somebody, you’ll never have eyes for anybody else.

“I think a lot of people hit that point of ‘I don’t feel giddy when I see you because you are part of my life,’” Lincoln said. “There’s a real pivot point from where they’re your significant other to your family, and it changes to a deeper love.”

“A Beautiful Spell” centers on that very transition, from giddy love to something far deeper, and the discussion surrounding that transition. With the characters breaking down what they like and hate about each other, they come to understand that something has changed.

“When the giddiness wears off, what does it mean to say ‘I love you?’ ” Lincoln said. “Am I actually thinking about it? Or am I just saying it? What does it mean to be living with this person who I’ve lived with for so many years?”

Director Tracie Brelsford and Alex Miller, who plays Jim, echoed Lincoln, but also touched on the reality of the play and how well it is written.

“I love that these characters are real,” Brelsford said. “The situation starts out kind of absurd. The wife wakes up having fallen out of love with her husband, and it’s them trying to rekindle that, and return things to the way they were.”

Brelsford and the actors have worked to bring to life this discussion on relationships, love and bonding. For them, this is a crisis they hope to resolve.

“A Beautiful Spell” runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10, and the theater takes donations for popcorn. They recommend that attendees come ready to rid themselves of a certain perspective.

“[They] need to dispose their conception of what a small community theater does,” Brelsford said. “I think they are really going to see a lot of depth in the acting and in the writing and in the story… So come in and let yourself get absorbed in the story.”