Mother of Him

by  Evan Placey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f, 1boy(s)

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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Mother of Him

by  Evan Placey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

"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?

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Accolades

  • 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)

Reviews

“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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3m, 3f, 1boy(s)
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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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

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 < ...

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

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