Madre

Written by:

Beatriz Pizano

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

D/deaf, Disabled, and/or Mad
Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Alzheimers
Family
Relationships

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2006

Synopsis:

Madre is a theatrical memoir that follows Julia de Maria Auxiliadora, an aging woman in Colombia who is fighting to maintain a sense of self as she succumbs to Alzheimer’s. As Julia’s lifetime of memories unravels, her adopted daughter Angela returns from Toronto to care for her, and to make one last desperate attempt to resolve their conflicted relationship while Julia still recognizes her.

Characters:

JULIA: a Colombian woman in her early seventies.

ANGELA: Julia’s daughter. She immigrated to Canada over fifteen years ago.

YOUNG JULIA: Julia’s memory of herself as a young woman in her twenties.

JORGE: Julia’s memory of her husband and Angela´s memory of her father. Appears at different ages.

ANNA: an Italian immigrant. Julia’s mother. When she is addressed as an Italian woman she’s called donna Anna and in Colombia she’s addressed as doña Anna.

LEONILA: Anna’s maid. A peasant woman.

DOCTOR #1 and DOCTOR #2: there are two different doctors. Can be played by any gender as all Other Characters listed below.

OTHER CHARACTERS: DOCTOR’S #1 NURSE

TAXI DRIVER

UNSEEN CHARACTERS: (could be pre-recorded or played offstage)

Voice of Woman on TV

Concierge

First Produced:

Produced by Aluna Theatre at TPM with the following cast: Marcia Bennett, Anita La Selva, Rosa Laborde, Rosalba Martinni, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Juliette Burgos.

Resources:

Published as part of the Anthology Fronteras Vivientes: Eight Latina/o Canadian Plays edited by Natalie Alvarez and published by Playwrights Canada

Notes:

The play was nominated for 5 Dora Awards and won 2.

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