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‘Motherhood Out Loud’

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Virlika Prayer, left, Ashka Lewis, and Marlo Holsten in “Motherhood Out Loud” at Magnolia Arts Center.

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Macken­zie Tewks­bury

Friday, September 7, 2018

From labor and delivery to great grandmothers and everything in between — the entire motherhood experience will be brought to life on stage this weekend at Magnolia Arts Center.

“Motherhood Out Loud” will likely bring the audience a lot of laughs and also some tears, and first-time director Dorothea Handron said she’s ready to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly of motherhood. 

“This is really for and about mothers, and it embraced all types of mothering relationships. That’s what I loved about it. It’s not just the traditional mother — it’s all mothering relationships,” Handron said.

Handron said whether you are a daughter, son, mother or husband, there is something in this play that will resonate with every type of person.

“I hope the audience comes away that they related to this place — that they could see themselves or their mother or their sister or their partner in it. They could see pieces of that in something on stage,” she said.

And as a mother of two sons herself, she found stories in the words of the play that resonated with her, too.

“That’s why I fell in love with this play. There are a lot of things I could relate to.”

It didn’t take long for Handron to know she wanted to bring the play to the stage, either. After her first read-through of the play, she knew immediately. But, of course, as a never-before-director, she didn’t think she was going to be the one to do it. She brought the play to veteran director Mitch Butts, and he insisted she be the one to bring it to life.

“I was under the impression that he would take it. I said no more than once. But, ultimately, he said ‘I know you have a vision for this play, you should direct it,’” she said.

That vision, Handron said, is to present women and men who are in nurturing relationships in a positive light.

“This one, when I read this, I just knew it. I knew that this play had to be produced,” she said. “I didn’t think it was something that anyone had seen in the past. I think it’s really going to be a new theater experience.”

Handron is nervous for her director debut, but said she’s worked closely with Butts in what she called “truly a collaboration.” The cast — seven women and three men — also has also worked tirelessly all summer to bring the three-performance run to fruition. She said the predominantly female cast is also special and helps deliver the overlying themes of the play.

“We live in a time that there is so much divisiveness, and women have experienced so much trauma, and they are coming forward,” she said. “The play has some trauma, but it’s just a celebration of the woman experience.

“Women always don’t get the credit that they deserve, and I think this play brings out very positively what they deserve,” she said.

Contact Mackenzie Tewksbury at 329-9585 or mtewksbury@reflector.com.

IF YOU GO

Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will present “Motherhood Out Loud”at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. “Motherhood Out Loud” is a combination of vignettes, stories and poems that depict multicultural and complex feelings associated with different stages of motherhood. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Visit magnoliaartscenter.com.

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