Erie Playhouse Presents Motherhood Out Loud
Mother's Day may be over, but mommy's memories live on.
Tuesday, June 28
Mother's Day may be over (and already forgotten by other family members), but mommy's memories live on.
Erie Playhouse will present Motherhood Out Loud, a series of fictional comic vignettes and monologues recounting the joy and angst of pregnancy as well as the begetting, birthing, and raising of kinder.
Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, different scenes were written by several writers, most famously Jessica Goldberg (creator of Hulu's The Path), Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart playwright) and novelist Luanne Rice (Beach Girls).
"We wanted to pull the idea of 'motherhood' down off a pedestal and explore the real people behind that label of 'mother,'" explained the show's director, Alaina Manchester. "I hope the audience gains a new respect for the different mothers or caregivers in their lives and that those who self identify as such hear some of their own thoughts, concerns, or jokes reflected onstage."
But beyond traditional aspects of parenting, the show also explores nontraditional roles such as adoption, gay parenting, and step-parenting.
According to Richard Davis, producing director at the Playhouse, Motherhood met the standards for their monologue-based series, On the Edge.
"There are a limited number of good scripts out there that fit this bill, so when we come across a great script, we jump on it," explained Davis. "I really liked how Motherhood Out Loud addressed a variety of stages and looks at what it means to be a mother and to have a mother."
The Playhouse website does caution, however, that the show "contains strong language." (My guess is the expletives fly during any birth-related recountings.)
"I think our show is entertaining and funny while still highlighting moments of vulnerability," opined Manchester. – Gregory Greenleaf-Knepp
7:30 p.m. // Tuesdays, June 28; July 12, 19, and 26 // erieplayhouse.org or 454.2852