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
conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein
directed by Dianna Brown Shaw
This play contains adult language and mature material.
Viewer discretion is advised.
This production will be presented as a live, virtual performance on ShowTix4U.
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.
Jamie Shannon Ferguson Ertle
Jessica Briana Kelly
Charles A. Morris
Chapter 1, Scene 1: Fast Births Fugue
Three moms are experiencing the excitement and challenge of labor.
Chapter 1, Scene 2: Squeeze, Hold, Release
A new mother tells her parents goodbye at the end of their visit, but her mother has to stop and give her some...interesting advice.
Chapter 1, Scene 3: Next to the Crib
A new mom tries to sleep on the floor next to her son’s crib while her husband is sick.
Chapter 1, Scene 4: New in the Motherhood
Two snobbish moms and a free spirit mom meet at the park while they watch their children interact.
Chapter 2, Scene 1: First Day Fugue
Moms reflect on their child’s first day of school.
Chapter 2, Scene 2: Queen Esther
A mother relates the story of when she embraced her young child’s self-identity.
Chapter 2, Scene 3: Baby Bird
A mom experiences frustration with rude questions from strangers about her children, one of whom is adopted.
Chapter 2, Scene 4: If We’re Using a Surrogate, How Come I’m the One with Morning Sickness?
A gay man shares his journey to parenthood and his frustrations with people assuming a hetero-normative relationship to his daughter.
Chapter 3, Scene 1: Sex Talk Fugue
Three mothers realize their kids are starting to grow up as they share some very awkward moments.
Chapter 3, Scene 2: Nooha's List
A mom comforts (and teases) her daughter about getting her first period.
Chapter 3, Scene 3: My Almost Family
A woman laments the lost opportunity to be a step-mother to two girls.
Chapter 3, Scene 4: Michael’s Date
A mom intervenes on her autistic son’s first date, desperate for him to have success with this milestone.
Chapter 4, Scene 1: Graduation Day Fugue
Parents try to overcome the hurdles of their kids graduating from high school.
Chapter 4, Scene 2: Threesome
A mom reflects on parting with her son as he leaves for college.
Chapter 4, Scene 3: Bridal Shop
Two mothers strike up a brutally honest conversation at a bridal shop.
Chapter 4, Scene 4: Stars and Stripes
A mom describes the recurring nightmare she’s had since her military son deployed overseas.
Chapter 5, Scene 1: Thanksgiving Fugue
Parents reflect on the joys and pitfalls of planning for Thanksgiving.
Chapter 5, Scene 2: Elizabeth
A son talks about moving in with his mother after his divorce, and trying to help her through the onset of her dementia.
Chapter 5, Scene 3: Report on Motherhood
A young girl interviews her great grandmother for a report on motherhood and is quite surprised by her candidness.
Chapter 5, Scene 4: My Baby
A new mom tells her daughter the story of how she was born and the clash she had with her mother right afterward.