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Mama Drama Festival
Stage Left Studio
New York, NY
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Mama Drama Festival
PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE! CHERYL SMALLMAN'S DREAMLESS WILL NOT BE PRESENTED ON SAT, OCT 23. SUBSTITUTING FOR CHERYL SMALLMAN WILL BE SUSAN LAUBACH, OFFERING A SECOND PERFORMANCE OF HER SOLO SHOW, WHICH IS ALSO BEING PRESENTED ON FRIDAY NIGHT, OCT 22.

The performance schedule is:
Wed, October 13
DONNA BARKMAN - HAND ME DOWNS
Scenes from a Life with a Little Help from Antigone and Mother Goose: A Solo Play by Donna Barkman

Integrating the anger of Antigone and the nonsense of Mother Goose, a natural-born rebel reviews her life, as she dramatizes constricting gender roles and prescriptive motherhood.  For audiences that appreciate a thought-provoking presentation of issues that continue to affect girls and women.  
Directed by Kathline Carr.  Music by Peter Barkman.

DIANE SHILLING - GETTING TO MOMMY
Getting to Mommy is about a woman's quest for motherhood through invitro fertilization. Diane Shilling stars in this one woman show which she based upon her book of the same title. The show is directed by Cheryl King.

Thu, October 14
PAIRED SOLO SHOWS - WHO'S YOUR MAMA? Barbara Bleier & Ellen O'Neill
Who's Your Mama is a theatrical work consisting of two pieces, one by Barbara Bleier, the other by Ellen O'Neill. Each of the pieces enacts the lives of a woman, from the 1940's through the first decade of this century; two lives, occurring  during the same time period, with distinct differences and similarities, dealing with issues that confront women in America. The pieces are serio-comedic, and deal with issues such as coming of age, marriage, motherhood, achievement, aging. Who's Your Mama is directed by Austin Pendleton.


Fri, October 15
DIPTI MEHTA - HONOUR
"Honour is a story of a mother that is caught between the struggle of survival and love. It is a story of life altering decisions and choices made by a mother for her only daughter."
Playwright : Dipti J. Mehta
Actor : Dipti J. Mehta
Director : Daniel Kadin
Dramaturge : Erica Gould

CHERYL SMALLMAN - DREAMLESS: a comedy about the "tragedies" of motherhood (comedy/drama)
written and performed by Cheryl Smallman
directed by Cheryl King
Running Time: 60 minutes

Dreamless reveals what all mothers find out, but few rarely tell their daughters.
Philosopher Cheryl Smallman sits at the playground, skewering marriage, ambition, and motherhood with dark and comic stories about her fellow mothers and her own parental ambivalence.  We see what it's like to end up on "the other side of the click" - the door of the locked ward in the mental hospital. Cheryl relates hilarious adventures with her fellow patients and about how, in a mere week's time, she manages to leave the hospital with a new perspective on motherhood.

Sat, October 16
VIRGINIA BRYAN - MY THREE MOMS
written and performed by Virginia Bryan, directed by Leslie Collins
"One birthed her, one nursed her, one raised her.  A daughter is called back to the red clay of Georgia to bury three moms and shape her own identity.  Good Lord Almighty, who are all these crazy people at the funerals?!"

"What is impressive about Bryan's characterization is the variation she finds. All of [the characters] are extremely well defined and very different from each other....she manages to steer clear of stereotypes and all seem very real which shows a lot of hard work and talent on Bryan's part."
nytheatre.com


Sunday, October 17 & Monday, October 18
MARY BETH MANNING - MOTHER
Mother...she's with you wherever you go.
A one woman play, written and performed by Mary-Beth Manning, originally directed by Diana Castle is
one daughter's hilarious and touching journey to find herself, even with her mother's apron strings tethered around her neck.
A true tale about an extraordinary Irish-Catholic mother and a complicated relationship that will take you on a roller-coaster ride
from survival to forgiveness and all the insane and life-affirming moments in between.
Mother, critically acclaimed, ran in Los Angeles for over four months and received a Best Solo Performance nomination by the LA WEEKLY and an Ovation recommendation by the LA STAGE ALLIANCE.
A few Reviews:"transcends the ordinary" LA WEEKLY
                        " brilliant...Mary-Beth is a star" ENTERTAINMENT TODAY
                         "remarkable" - TOLUCAN TIMES


Wed, October 20
ABIGAIL GAMPEL - THROUGH THE WINDOW
Through The Window
written and performed by- Abigail Gampel, directed by Holli Harms

A journey through the mental landscape of new motherhood.
A woman alone in her kitchen....a window.
Fantasy mingles with the mundane.
While the child naps.


Fri, October 22
GRACE KILEY - EYE OF THE STORM
Written, directed and performed by Grace Kiley

"You know what I'm most petrified of? That I won't admit something about myself and keep blaming it on my kid . . . like I see the rest of the world do. Am I setting him up to do my dirty work?"

SUSAN LAUBACH - WHO IS PAULA? WHAT IS SHE? & LIFE IN 3/4 TIME
"Who is Paula? What is She?" tells the story of Paula from young bride to free-at-last divorcee with humor, irony, and pathos.
"Life in 3/4 Time" When faced with taking the car keys from her aged mother, Paula reflects on her own post-middle-, pre-old-age: life in 3/4 time.

Sat, October 23
Two works by RICHARD BALLON, CIRCUS BOY & GRISELDA, directed by J. Kevin Doolen

PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE! CHERYL SMALLMAN'S DREAMLESS WILL NOT BE PRESENTED ON SAT, OCT 23. SUBSTITUTING FOR CHERYL SMALLMAN WILL BE SUSAN LAUBACH, OFFERING A SECOND PERFORMANCE OF HER SOLO SHOW, WHICH IS ALSO BEING PRESENTED ON FRIDAY NIGHT, OCT 22.

All shows are at 8 pm. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

Arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime to get a good seat.
There will be no late seating.

Location

Stage Left Studio
214 West 30th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10001
United States


Categories

Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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