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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

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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The Faculty Lounge

by Teri Foltz

June 22nd - August 6th

A comedy with class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.

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A Love Affair

by Jerry Mayer

August 17th - October 1st

This award winning romantic comedy is brimming with hilarious as well as moving moments captured from a 38 year marriage. As Jimmy and Alice Diamond clear out the attic of their Malibu home because a turn of finances is forcing them to move into a cramped condo, they find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage. A subtitle, with a smile, might be, “Till Debt do us Part.” Two pairs of actors play the Diamonds, (early and now, in their marriage) one young and one mature. Throughout, they observe and comment on each other. In one delightful scene, the four confront each other to negotiate the transition into middle age. The fifth cast member plays six different women who influence the Diamond marriage, offering a tour de force for an actress. “A Love Affair” is both a timeless and a timely play, because its story is about financial reverses and how they can either weaken or reinforce relationships, depending on how the difficult times are handled. It’s a moving, identifiable story that rings true, while offering a multiplicity of laughs.

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