“In Mom’s the Word, six women performers struck upon the idea to write about what they were going through as mothers trying to maintain their careers, their individual identities and their relationships with their partners. The result is an evening of hilarious stories, bittersweet monologues, poetic reflections and revelatory anecdotes.” (From the CPO Website)
Notes on Characters:
These six women range in age from twenty-five to forty-five and are as diverse in their opinions, appearances, and perspectives as one can possibly imagine. The actors must pull off the illusion that they are not acting, but relating a true story about themselves. They must be comfortable with directly addressing the audience. A keen sense of comic timing is a must.
ROBIN: Robin is practical, realistic, and down to earth. She has a dry sense of humour and takes no bullshit. She has a newborn and a two-and-a-half-year-old.
ALISON: Alison relates the stories of her premature first born in a clear and unsentimental way. Her life’s experience have in no way dampened her sense of humour. She has two children, a boy five years old and a girl two years old.
LINDA: Linda has the ability to commit 110% to both her quest to communicate and the ridiculous. She has two sons, aged two years and six months old.
BARBARA: Barbara is physically, comedically, and vocally large. She has a one-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl.
JILL: Jill is a self-proclaimed bohemian who struggles with low self esteem. She was in her thirties when her first child was born. She has a boy and a girl, twenty-two months apart.
DEBORAH: Deborah is an edgy comedienne, who does not pull any punches with the bleakness of her stories. She has an infant and a two-year-old.
1994, Vancouver's Women in View Festival
Mom’s the Word is available through the CPO Website.
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See an overview of the play on the Marquis Literary Website.