Nominated for four Tony Awards and winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ‘night, Mother is an eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play that explores the final hours of a woman who has decided that her life is no longer worth living.
Casting 2 women
Jessie Cates - stage age early 30’s to late 40’s
Thelma Cates, “Mama” - stage age late 50’s early 60’s
June 11 and 13 at 6pm
Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Rd., Orono
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Jessie Cates: A divorced woman who lives with her widowed mother. She is an epileptic who has experienced seizures most of her life. Nothing in life has worked out for this woman, including raising a son who turned out to be a disappointing loser. She has suffered with severe chronic depression that has never been treated. In the play, her long-standing despair has been temporarily relieved by a decision that has her uncharacteristically peaceful and talkative. The usual grayness and unsteady physical energy of this woman have given way to a new purpose that is expressed in productivity and detached humor.
Thelma "Mama" Cates: A widow, she is starting to feel her age and has easily allowed her depressed daughter to come and take care of all the details of her life. She sees life as she wants it to be, rather than how it is. She speaks quickly and enjoys talking. She is a simple country woman who never wanted much and could find a way to be happy with whatever she had, even if it meant lying to herself and others. She has no need for intimacy in relationships, but is energized by social situations.
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; she is epileptic and unemployable, her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last two jobs failed 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.
In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment—a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.