MOTHER (and me) is a fast-paced 75-minute piece that uses the power of theater to bring people together around an important issue: Alzheimer's, and the struggles families face while caring for a loved one.
What distinguishes MOTHER (and me) is that the subject is handled with skill and, more importantly, with humor. This beautiful show moves the audience, makes them laugh and in the end, is an incredibly uplifting piece of theater.
MOTHER (and me) was originally developed from bits of writing Melinda Buckley performed in Wynn Handman’s acting class. As the piece grew, Melinda brought it to her friend and playwright Matt Hoverman who helped her shape it into a solo play. In 2014, it premiered in the FringeNYC Festival at the Celebration of Whimsy where it had an extended run as that venue’s Best of Fest winner. Barbara Whitman, Tony Award-winning producer of Fun Home, saw the show and took it under her wing. Kimberly Senior, director of the Tony Award-winning play, Disgraced, joined the team, helping to refine the material and the production. MOTHER (and me) then went on to developmental runs at Chicago Shakespeare, off-Broadway’s Second Stage Uptown and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.
In 2016, MOTHER (and me) premiered in Chicago as a part of Greenhouse Theater’s ’Solo Celebration,’ one of 12 shows selected out of 400. The show subsequently had an enormously successful 3-week run at Geva Theatre Center, where it sold 225% above goal. More recently, the play ran at the celebrated Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse as part of their Spring Solo Festival. The show has also played to full houses at the Cape Playhouse, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and Provincetown Works, as a much-needed fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod. In October 2019, the play will return once again to Provincetown to support this terrific organization.