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Anna's Mother
18th & Union Arts Space
Seattle, WA
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Anna's Mother
As part of The Scratch Seattle Workshop Series.

In Pencil: Staged Readings. provides five shows a two week rehearsal and development process culminating in two staged readings. Each of the five shows will receive artistic and producorial support from The Scratch - cast and creative team development, dramaturgical consultations, rehearsal and reading space, as well as access to the entirety of The Scratch: Seattle Workshop Series.


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Veronica, an underprivileged mother of two in New Mexico, receives word that her eldest daughter, Anna, has tragically died while on duty as a firefighter.  An interview with a local newspaper gets picked up by the Associated Press, and soon Veronica is thrust into the national spotlight as the mother of a hero. An agent arrives and convinces Veronica to do speaking engagements and to help write a book about Annas life.  Soon, Veronica quits her job and focuses all her energy on letting the world know all about her daughter, leaving out certain facts. Seemingly overnight, Veronicas life is changed dramatically.  So too are the lives of her other daughter, Sarah, who cannot escape the limelight and Annas wife, Nicole, who accuses Veronica of profiting off Annas death. After a chance encounter with the family her daughter saved, Veronica must come to terms with whether her choice to honor her daughter was based on love or something more self-serving.

Tom Smith is a playwright, director and associate professor of Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University.  His published plays include Drinking Habits, Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act, Dangerous, and The Odyssey (Playscripts); ESL, What Comes Around, A Christmas Carol, Johnny and Sally Annand The Wild and Wacky Rhyming Stories of Miss Henrietta Humpledowning (YouthPLAYS); Marguerita's Secret Diary (Samuel French); Gray (Original Works Online); and Two Gentlemen of Verona (editor) (Encore Performance Publishing). Monologues and scenes from his plays appear in books published by Meriwether Publishing and Smith & Kraus, and his short plays have been produced internationally.  His plays have been produced across the U.S. as well as in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  Tom is also the author of The Other Blocking: Teaching and Performing Improvisation (Kendall Hunt) and several articles and reviews for Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, SDC Journal, and The Players Journal.  Tom graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Dramatic Arts and earned his MFA in Directing from University of Missouri-Kansas City.  He is a proud member of the Dramatist's Guild and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  Feel free to check out his website at


18th & Union Arts Space (View)
1406 18th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Folk
Other > Festivals

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


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