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Mother of Him - Full Length Play, Drama

Mother of Him

Evan Placey

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 3f, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573701016

Winner of the 2011 Canadian Playwrights Contest!
It could be a morning like any other as Brenda cooks breakfast for her two sons… But eight year-old Jason’s refusing to go to school and teenager Matthew is under house arrest upstairs. And Brenda’s face is splashed across the cover of every newspaper.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - December. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It’s cold. Snowy. The play takes place solely in the Kapowitz house, but we hear voices and the flashes of cameras from outside.

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Cutting Approved for Competition

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest

Winner! 2011 Samuel French Canadian Play Contest
Winner! King’s Cross Award for New Writing (UK)
Winner! Tarragon Theatre’s RBC Under 30 National Playwriting Competition (Canada)

"If you were looking at us, you might have even thought we were friends. Old friends. If my son hadn’t raped her daughter."

It could be a morning like any other as Brenda cooks breakfast for her two sons… But eight year-old Jason’s refusing to go to school and teenager Matthew is under house arrest upstairs. And Brenda’s face is splashed across the cover of every newspaper. For Matthew has committed a horrible crime, and as Brenda fights for him to be sentenced as a child, she learns it’s the laws inside the house that matter most: boys can become men, and a mother can at once become victim and monster. How far does a mother’s love go, and at what cost to herself?

“Claustrophobic, intense, and intriguing, Evan Placey’s tight domestic drama focuses on the mother of the accused, rather than the perpetrator” – The Stage

“Edgy, pertinent drama” – Islington Gazette

“Not a false note in the entire play” - Whatsonstage

Mother of Him premiered at the Courtyard Theatre, London, UK.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f, 1boy(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

BRENDA KAPOWITZ – 45
JASON KAPOWITZ – 8, Brenda’s son
MATTHEW KAPOWITZ – 17, Brenda’s son
ROBERT ROSENBERG – 45, Matthew’s lawyer and Brenda’s friend
JESSICA– 16, Matthew’s girlfriend
STEVEN – 42, Brenda’s ex-husband
TESS – 38, Brenda’s cleaning lady, Filipino
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Evan  Placey

Evan Placey

Evan Placey is currently under co-commission with Birmingham Rep, Theatre Royal Plymouth, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, writing Girls Like That which will premiere in 2013. He is also under commission with the National Theatre, where his play Pronoun will premiere in 2014 as part of Connections. He is also under commission with the Unicorn Theatre, YPT (Canada), and BBC Radio 3. Mother of Him was ... view full profile

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Reviews
Tara Kennedy 5/7/2013 11:56 AM
In “Mother of Him” Brenda struggles to cope with the effects of her song being accused of raping three young women. The script follows Brenda and her family as their home is attacked by reporters and photographs trying to get a glimpse of their home in an attempt to tear them down from the pedal of perfection they are trying to present to the press.

As the sentencing date gets closer and closer Brenda starts dealing with the stress with less and less decorum and stability. Her multiple breakdowns in the plot are accurate examples of how the decisions of one family member can truly affect everyone around them. As a result Matthew must face the fact that his poor choices have ruined not only his own life, but those of his mother and little brother as well.

The several scenes between Matthew and Jason cut Brenda out of the plot to focus on the brotherly relationship forever altered by Matthew's actions. These few snapshots of quarreling and affection represent Matthew's attempts to cling to whatever normalcy he can get in his life before he is sent away. It was these moments in particular that were the most heartwarming, because despite Matthew's adult decisions, the audience can see that he is still just a 17 year old boy at heart who is not yet an adult and ready to deal with the consequences of his actions.

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