Posted by Bob Evans
Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of Marsha Norman’s “’night, Mother” opens on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm at the City Stage in Union Station.
This moving, Pulitzer Prize-winning play will be presented from January 8 – 26 and will feature Jan Rogge (“My Old Lady,” “A Lie of the Mind”) and Cinnamon Schultz (“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Sea Marks”) under the direction of Sidonie Garrett (“A Streetcar Named Desire,” HASF’s “Shakespeare in Love”).
“’night, Mother” is a play about life and what would want to make a person walk away from it. Shortly after the opening of the play, Jessie (Cinnamon Schultz), who lives with her mother following a broken marriage and persistent health issues, announces that she intends to kill herself at the end of the evening. After a life of hardship, medical problems, and never finding herself – and after a year of consideration and preparation – she has decided that ending her life is the final piece of control she can have over it. For the remainder of the play, her mother, Thelma (Jan Rogge), works simultaneously to talk Jessie out of her decision, understand where her daughter is coming from, and process the idea of losing her.
At its heart, the play is a forthright, compassionate, and sympathetic look at a modern-day epidemic, as suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. These characters have lived with or near one another their entire lives, but still end up facing isolation and the unshakable feeling that they don’t know each other or themselves. A modern American tragedy told with heart, compassion, honesty, and a little humor, this production gives an opportunity for the struggling to feel seen and encourages people to consider how connected they really are with those around them.
Information about the show can be found at: http://www.kcactors.org/shows/night-mother/