Motherhouse

by  Victor Lodato

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

Winner! 2002 L. Arnold Weissberger Award


The play follows an African-American family in a low-income neighborhood whose lives are ultimately ruined by their surroundings. Clive arrives unexpectedly at the house of his mother and his sister. He says that he is fleeing from the police - but…

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    2m, 2f
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    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    L. Arnold Weisssberger Award for Playwriting

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The play follows an African-American family in a low-income neighborhood whose lives are ultimately ruined by their surroundings. Clive arrives unexpectedly at the house of his mother and his sister. He says that he is fleeing from the police - but perhaps it's another one of his delusions. Unbeknownst to him, he has shown up on a tragic anniversary. Three years prior, his sister's child was killed in a brutal shooting. As fate seems bent on shattering the walls, mother Mae valiantly attempts to keep house. Mr. Lodato is a 2002-2003 Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of the 2002 L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Motherhouse
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2002 L. Arnold Weissberger Award

Considerations

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Casting

2m, 2f

MAE – Clive and Evelyn's mother, fifties.

CLIVE – Thirties, thin.

EVELYN – Thirties.

ROSS – Friend to Clive, thirties.

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Casting Notes

Motherhouse was conceived for a cast of African-American actors. The author is agreeable to productions with actors of other races; but please note that the play works best if the entire cast is of the same race.

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Authors

Victor Lodato

Victor Lodato is a playwright, poet, and novelist. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of the Weissberger Award for his play Motherhouse (published by Samuel French). Other plays include Wildlife, Dear Sara Jane, The Bread of Winter, Margo and Zelda, and Slay the Dragon. Other honors include a Helen Mer ...

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