Philadelphia Chapter Event
Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival Celebrates MotherhoodThursday, August 2, 2018 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
Location: Music Theatre Philly, 262 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA
THE KING WHO WANTED TO CLEAN THE MOON by Ashley Kerns
Based on Ashley’s own third grade writing assignment, The King Who Wanted to Clean the Moon is an interactive musical play for family audiences exploring climate change and gender roles. In this story, the King loves to read each night by moonlight; she reads stacks and stacks of books. One evening, she discovers that she can’t read because the moon is dirty. The King creates several different plans to clean the moon only to realize she can’t reach it. In the end, she boards a rocket ship never to return to earth to accomplish her task of finally cleaning the moon.
WATER IN MY HANDS by Emma Gibson
Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancé has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass, and Eric’s wife has someone else’s heart beating inside her. Through a series of interweaving accounts, WATER IN MY HANDS, lays bare the power of grief, and asks, ‘how do we move on when we are haunted by the life that we have not yet lived?
BROWN-EYED RAPUNZEL by Monica Flory
A white mom and her mixed-race daughter must find their way from the future back to the present by understanding anew a painful incident and learning to tell the unique story of their relationship.
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOURNING A MOTHER by Emma Goldman-Sherman
Three generations, mothers & daughters, in three different moments in time, try to avoid their feelings of loss and grief while traveling from Philadelphia to New York City by train from 30th Street; In 1993, Sarah upends how Denita sees her mother, Lois, while we only see Lois with Angie in 1963, as 18 year olds ready to start their lives. Angie, in 1963, meets Isabelle, a runaway in 2003, across the time/space continuum, and this changes everything. A dramedy about mother issues. Bring tissues.
REFRIGERATOR MOTHER by Alessandra Most
REFRIGERATOR MOTHER is, at its core, a play about the strength of a mother’s intuition and its ability to withstand the fiercest external influences. Set in the 1950s, it tells the story of a woman whose daughter is suspected of having autism, at a time when the diagnosis implied more about the mother than the child.
For tickets and more information go to phillywomenstheatrefest.org/2018-festival/