September is Suicide Prevention Month, and a new theatrical performance in Dover, NH is hoping to bring about a greater sense of awareness to the issue. This weekend, The Art Center at 1 Washington St. will present Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, ‘Night Mother.
‘Night Mother tells the story of Thelma Cates (Mama), an aging widow, and her daughter, Jessie. Jessie has been suffering from epilepsy and depression for much of her life, and has decided to end her life. The play revolves around the relationship between these two women and how each comes to terms with Jessie’s brutal decision.
There are few of us today who have not been touched by suicide. Many of us have known someone who has taken their life. Some of us may have even thought about it ourselves. None of us is immune from the effects. The executive producer, Rebecca Proctor, the cast, Tracy Mullen Cosker as Jessie and Katie Makem-Boucher as Mama, and crew of this performance of ‘Night Mother have all felt so strongly about this issue that they donated their time and talent to bring this play to the stage at The Art Center. The director, Dave Costa, brings his years of directing and theatrical experience to this important, challenging, and touching production, as a gift to a dear friend who lost her son to suicide this past year.
As Drama goes, ‘Night Mother is not an easy play to experience. Strong emotions are brought to the surface as the audience comes to identify with the characters. I can attest that none of the cast or crew has been left untouched by this performance. Since the play is designed to elicit such a response, it is certain that those in the audience will experience their own feelings and questions as well. To that end, each performance will be followed by a panel discussion with local professionals. Audience members will have the opportunity to discuss such questions.
Proceeds from these performances will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Out of the Darkness Walk.
Show dates / times:
Friday, September 28th, from 7pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, September 29th, from 7pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, September 30th, from 2pm – 4:30pm