Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Theater production of ‘night Mother is on tap this weekend

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night Mother at 8 p.m. on April 13 and April 14 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

The play by Marsha Norman, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is framed by the context of a conversation between a distraught mother, Thelma, and her daughter, Jessie, who dispassionately explains her plans to end her life before she sees another dawn. Jessie explains her reasoning, looking back at what she considers to be her unfulfilling life while her mother (Mama) desperately tries to circumvent her daughter’s intentions.

The play stars OU-C student Jenna Hobbs of Waverly, who plays the role of Jessie, and Jennifer Adams, a Chillicothe High School graduate who plays the role of Thelma, or “Mama.”

“This is a very disturbing play,” director Ken Breidenbaugh said. “It partly involves developing an understanding of how people communicate and also how people sometimes feel that no one understands. From a theatrical standpoint, this is very powerful stuff. This is an instance when the play found us, rather than the other way around. This is a play that has substance and is most meaningful. It has something important to say.”

Tickets for ‘night Mother are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

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