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Mama Drama - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Mama Drama

Leslie Ayvazian, Donna Daley, Christine Farrell, Rita Nachtmann, Ann Sachs

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: 9780573681783

"Startling, funny, frank and absolutely true.... Original and honest, full of laughter and tears." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[A] thoroughly delightful ... whimsical and celebratory look at contemporary motherhood." - Variety

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary


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This new, revised version follows five friends through five profound years of their lives. Morgan, an Irish Catholic divorced mother of three fights poverty and tries to live up to the memory of her own mother. Danny, a spirited optimist, faces infertility and health problems. Anna, a commanding and competent mother of two, is haunted by the child she gave up for adoption. Leah uses her droll sense of humor to fend off her overbearing mother and her anxieties about childbirth. Liz, a single woman with a acerbic wit chooses not to have children but ends up caring for her ailing mother. All five approach their dilemmas with great humor. This version of Mama Drama premiered at the Cleveland Playhouse in 1990 and played to packed houses.
"Startling, funny, frank and absolutely true.... Original and honest, full of laughter and tears." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[A] thoroughly delightful ... whimsical and celebratory look at contemporary motherhood." - Variety

MAMA DRAMA was first presented at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. It was directed by John David Lutz.




All Female


All of the characters in MAMA DRAMA are in their mid to late thirties.


No Chorus

LEAH - eight months pregnant with her first child. A writer. She is eager, anxious, curious and ultimately willing.
DANNY - athletic, endlessly optimistic. A lover of animals. Has a great desire to become a mother.
MEGAN - a tall woman with a classic Irish face. She has three children and is independent and high-spirited.
ANNA - has a commanding presence which belies her insecurity as a mother. She gave up her first child for adoption eighteen years ago and has been emotionally volatile ever since.
LIZ - has never really wanted children. Pours all of her creative energy into her work as a photographer and in caring for her increasingly ailing mother.
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Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian is the author of 8 full-length plays and 7 one act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. Some have been included in annual anthologies of best plays. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, The Roger L. Stevens Award, and second place for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Rosemary and I received an ... view full profile

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Christine Farrell

Christine Farrell

Christine Farrell is an actress, playwright, and director. She was the originator and co-author of Mama Drama (Cleveland Play House, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dorset Play House), which is published by Samuel French. Her one-act play The Once Attractive Woman (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon, 12 miles West Theater Company) was published by Faber and Faber. For the Love of God, Saint Teresa was ... view full profile

Rita Nachtmann

Rita Nachtmann

Playwright Rita Nachtmann died in Mesa, Arizona, Oct. 26, 2003, after a long struggle with cancer. Rita’s first public acclaim as a playwright was Mama Drama (Samuel French, Inc.), which she co-authored and which premiered at Cleveland Playhouse in 1990. Her play How I Spent My Life’s Vacation, published by Dramatic Publishing, was developed at the New Harmony Project in 1993 and won the 1997 PEN ... view full profile

Ann Sachs

Ann Sachs

Ann Sachs spent twenty-five years working as a professional actor prior to 1992, when she accepted her husband’s request to join him in what is now Sachs Morgan Studio. Studio projects and clients range from Broadway to Hollywood, from Disney to the Kennedy Center, and just about everything in between. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon’s Drama Department, Ann played dozens of leading roles on Broadway ... view full profile

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