Drama

Listen to Your Mother

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is a well-crafted 90-minute journey of true stories about motherhood—being a mom, having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom—as many interpretations on the theme of mothering as you can imagine. From hilarious and heartwarming, to emotionally intense and profound, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER entertains, energizes, brings community together and leaves everyone feeling a little less alone and a little more understood.

Proceeds from this show benefit Pass The Torch for Women.

Toilet Talks

This year we are thrilled to see two plays in development. Toilet Talks, a semi-autobiographical play by Liz Thomsen about a mother and daughter, has had a table read, and is now reading for a staged reading.   Audiences will get to experience the journey not only of the characters but also of the plays themselves as they move through the development process.  Each play considers the life experience and showcase voices not often heard.

Catholic Boy Blues

James' recurring migraines lead him into therapy. Beginning a journaling practice, he soon realizes his journey of discovery might force him to deal with a childhood trauma he didn’t know he had repressed.

 

About the playwright:

I Say Tomato, You Say Cheese

"I Say Tomato, You Say Cheese" is a funny, bittersweet look at an elderly widower fighting to remain independent as his cognitive abilities are declining. His daughter juggles taking care of him with her job and family, and has to find a solution when a crisis occurs.

About the Playwright:

MaryAnne Mathews has performed her original one-person play "Mrs. President: A Visit With Mary Lincoln" since 2013. She co-wrote "Mother Ireland" with Kate Duffy Sim, produced at the 2016 DivaFest.

aMUSEd

The muse of comedy, Sebastian, is melancholy, and he wants everyone to know it. In his grief, he terrorizes everyone who draws near successfully. Until Nikki. The battle for mastery of the apartment escalates, as a well-intentioned fiancé, over-bearing landlord, and good old-fashioned police involvement join the fray.

About the Playwright:

Make Me A Perfect--Asperger's--Match

Max has Asperger's. So does Victoria.

They "met" on an online dating service for persons on the autism spectrum. A (mostly) cheerful Max asks the (always) overwhelmed Victoria for a date at the only place he feels comfortable, the break room at the McDonald's where he works. Will they hit it off or just eat fries?

After the play -- Autism professionals will lead a panel discussion about Asperger's and autism. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and take home informational brochures provided by panel members.

Letters Sent

Letters Sent showcases a woman's desperation stemming in suffering in silence as well as the egocentric and narcissistic tendencies that sometimes reveal themselves during times of crisis.  As Claire strives for recovery on her own terms, it becomes quite clear that those around her have their own secret burdens in the form of behavioral disorders and unhealthy coping mechanisms.  A journey through the mental health of one family, Letters Sent confronts, living, dying and the thoughts that manifest in between.

"and Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens"

"and Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens..." written by Tennessee Williams in 1955, was ahead of its time.
Transgender, Aging, Homophobia, and Survival are all themes in this poetic, at times, brutal play.
The script was not produced in Williams' lifetime, due to his blatant treatment of a subject matter that was not spoken of in the decades before now.
The result is a powerful punch of a play, performed and directed by four of Indy's finest talents.

Failure: A Love Story

By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

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