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broken motherhood museum

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Miriam Tabb
March 17, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright and Director.

What is your show about?
broken motherhood museum is a play in which the audience is challenged to actively view and experience the burden of unrealistic expectations in motherhood we place on women and ourselves.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY! Specifically a Park Slope to Brownsville transplant. My parents got out of the tree-lined slope burbs just as rents were raising through the roof and Brownsville crime broke records as worst in New York City. Thanks to a government affordable housing program, my mother got her American dream of owning a home. I just couldn't play outside our gate or go to the corner store alone. For schools, I went from the progressive PS 9, learning 2 languages and calculus in the 2nd grade, to PS 156 with books that fell apart and would shortly be closed due to excessive asbestos exposure levels. Don't worry, I'm still a college graduate of The City College of New York. My mother is proud.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
has 10 gorgeous women of color! ...breaks the 4th wall so mercilessly. ...is including current real mother's stories in our set.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Coming from a home where gender roles were fixed in the '50s, my feminist views on motherhood were radically different than what my parents proposed. Yet once I was getting older I couldn't help feeling behind the ball by not having my own family. My mother had already had 4 children and a husband at 30. Was something wrong with me? These stories emerged from that small seed of self-doubt. ... I'm directing it because I have a vision for the show that I couldn't find anyone else to trump.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Marge Simpson! Won't those kids grow up and get out already!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely, yes! Theatre is one of those rare things that people participate in and hope to be changed. Me too! And it is entirely possible in that unique intimate space created by both the actors and the audience where actors give their all and immediately feel the audience giving back. It's awesome. And yes, if done right, you leave different from how you came in. Isn't that how we change society?