Heather Fangsrud as Jessie Cates
The Brazen-Faced Varlets present their spring mainstage production of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, ‘Night Mother.
Directed by: Lara D. Haberberger
Featuring: Heather Fangsrud as Jessie Cates
Priscilla Young-Anker as Thelma Cates
The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.
Show dates March 10 – 25, 2018, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Shows will be at Rust Belt Books – 415 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY.
Tickets $20 General Admission and $18 Students/Seniors.
"Miss Norman's play is simple only in the way that an Edward Hopper painting is simple. As she perfectly captures the intimate details of two individual, ordinary women, this playwright locates the emptiness that fills too many ordinary homes on too many faceless streets in the vast country we live in now. "
-Frank Rich, New York Times' review of 'Night Mother, April 1, 1983