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Motherhood Out Loud

by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West

April 27th - June 11th

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When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD…never fails to strike both the funny bone and the heart. Anyone who is or has a mother, a stepmother, a foster mother, or anything in between will be able to relate to and enjoy this insightful piece…the collection is impeccably cohesive…What makes the piece work so well is that its portrait of motherhood shows all facets of a family. From adoption to surrogacy to gay parenting to stepmothers, no stone is left unturned…Put aside any preconceived notions about the topic…the play will grab you, as a mother in any form has a long-lasting effect whether you like it or not.” —BackStage. “Packed with wisdom, laughter, and plenty of wry surprises.” —TheaterMania.com. “Funny, unexpectedly poignant and sweetly entertaining. Brings tears of joy…An evening filled with wit, humor, pathos and enlightenment. Heartfelt and true to life.” —Examiner.com. “[MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD] succeeds because it is so authentic.” —Entertainment Weekly. “Chicken Soup for the Mom.” —Variety. “Funny, poignant and spirited.” —Santa Monica Daily Press. “Pretty darn great…bring a friend—and your own tissues. You’ll need them.” —MamaSaid.net. “A humorous and inspiring journey through motherhood. Raw, unadulterated and incredibly moving.” —RockinMama.net.

The performance runs two hours including intermission.

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Motherhood Out Loud takes audiences on a joyous, moving and often unpredictable journey through the many dimensions of modern motherhood. Compiled by Susan Rose and Joan Stein, Motherhood Out Loud is an eclectic collection of twenty short playlets that explores all the stages of parenting, from childbirth through babyhood and toddlerhood, on to empty-nesting, and even great-grandmotherhood. Together, these images form a fascinating and beautiful tapestry of the “motherhood” experience.

This touching — and simultaneously hilarious — show explores such areas as adoption, surrogacy, gay parenting and more. No stone is left unturned. Written by over a dozen accomplished playwrights, Motherhood Out Loud celebrates the deep emotional highs and lows of this most fundamental human experience – while also acknowledging the joyous silliness that inevitably comes along with it. The show was conceived by Susan Rose and Joan Stein. Contributing playwrights include Beth Henley, whose Crimes of the Heart was produced by Oil Lamp in 2013, novelist Luanne Rice (The Lemon Orchard, Little Night, etc.). Lisa Loomer, screenplay writer for Girl, Interrupted, Los Angeles based playwright Annie Weisman, performance artist David Cale, and several others.

Motherhood, like life itself, comes in all shapes and sizes. It also comes with many different attitudes, moods, and temperaments. This breadth of experience is captured brilliantly in these brief vignettes that range from hilariously funny to achingly human. Anyone who is a mother or has a mother – or a stepmother, or foster mother, or other kind of mother — will find something that “connects” in this insightful piece. Four performers (Michelle Jasso, Nicole Laurenzi, Megan Storti and Andrew Clancey) portray up to eleven different characters each as they present these stories about motherhood — its joys, its sorrows and its many emotional colors.

Director Elizabeth Mazur Levin, points out that while the focus of Motherhood Out Loud is certainly motherhood, this is very much a show for everyone. She notes: “Everyone can connect to this play because there’s a real universality regarding motherhood. We all have a relationship to parenting in some way or another, either as a parent, as a child, or as both a parent and a child.  All of us came from somewhere. We are someone’s child whether we have a relationship with our parents or not, and those relationships, or lack thereof, shape each of us as individuals.”

Director – Elizabeth Mazur Levin

Stage Manager – Traci Cidlik

Andrew Clancey
Michelle Jasso
Nicole Laurenzi
Megan Storti