The loyalty of a son to his mother can sometimes be tested when he is placed in the middle of his mother and wife. Ludie Watts is in that exact predicament in “The Trip to Bountiful” presented by the Senior Series of MTVarts.
Ludie, played by Bruce Jacklin, tries to keep the peace in a two-room apartment he shares with the two women in his life. His wife, Jessie Mae, portrayed by Megan Evans, is a woman you love to hate. You feel for her as the details of her life unfold and you realize she is not able to have children. On the other hand, her selfishness and lack of respect for her mother-in-law make you wonder why Ludie doesn’t pack up, take his mother and leave.
Mickie Galajda brings Carrie Watts to life, an aging woman forced to live with her son and his wife in Houston — far from the country home she longs for in Bountiful.
Galajda is magnificent as the feisty, driven Carrie who loves her hymns and craves to feel the soil from the family farm between her fingers just one more time. It is obvious Carrie is unhappy with her current living arrangements as her daughter-in-law stifles the person she truly is. So, she takes it upon her self to go back to Bountiful and find the person she once was.