MY MOTHER'S CLOTHES IS BACK ON THE ROAD!
Elizabeth Peavey at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, as seen in last year's feature by Bob Keyes in the Maine Sunday Telegram's Audience section. (Photo: Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer)
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Following my show's New York City debut and three subsequent sold-out houses at St. Lawrence Arts Center a year ago, "My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother” returns the St. Lawrence on
June 4, 7 p.m. & June 5, 2 p.m. Tickets and info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2540152
I’ll also be at Waterman's Community Center, North Haven
Island, on July 11. Future dates and venues pending.
“My Mother’s Clothes” is 90-minutes long and performed in a series of connected monologs by Peavey as she confronts
the following: Losing a parent is difficult enough. Losing your final
parent presents an additional challenge: What are you supposed to do
with all your family's stuff? For months, she avoided wading through her
late mother's things. But when her mom's condo sells, she's forced to
reckon with its contents. As she does, objects surface, triggering
memories from her childhood. Possessions she once thought would be easy
to chuck - the Polynesian hors d'oeuvre platter, the outdated evening
coat from Bernie’s Fashions, the tea cups and milk glass - suddenly take
on epic stature, forcing the question: How do we know when to let go?
My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother was awarded the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Best Drama.
On September 15, 2011, My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother premiered to an overflow house at St. Lawrence Arts, Portland. (I had intended to do one night.) A series of sold-out shows followed at that venue through the end of the year. In 2012, through a number of requests and invitations, I took the show on the road around Maine. After a hiatus in 2013, I brought it back in 2014 and '15, and I am now looking to expand its reach -- starting with my New York City debut!
• May: Stage Left Studio, New York City. Two performances to full houses marked my New York City debut.
• June: St. Lawrence Arts, Portland: Three back-to-back sold-out houses. Even then, we were turning people away at the door.
• June: Stonington Opera House: Another full house in this august venue at the tip of Deer Isle.
• February: Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA. Performance culminated my week as writer-in-residence.
• June: sold-out return to St. Lawrence Arts, Portland
• September: two return shows at St. Lawrence Arts. Sunday matinee followed by a curtain talked titled: "Why Do We Keep Stuff?"
• February: Sold-out show at the The Rack, Sugarloaf, USA
• April: You can go home again. My Mother's Clothes
took to the stage at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in my hometown of
Bath. Great houses, lots of familiar faces and blasts from the past.
• April: Another sold-out show at the Magic Lantern, Bridgton, to benefit the Bridgton Library
• September 15 & 16: St. Lawrence Art Center, Portland
• October: Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta
• October 13: Project Graduation benefit performance, Oxford Hills
• November: Rockport Opera House
• December: a return performance at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath
Panelist on Maine Public Broadcasting program “Maine Calling” titled, “Why Do We Keep Stuff?” http://news.mpbn.net/post/why-do-we-keep-stuff
Profile from The Republican and Mass Live.com: Writer Elizabeth Peavey presents 'My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother'
Interview from "Maine Things Considered": http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/19004/Default.aspx
Two segments from WCSH'S "207": http://www.wcsh6.com/life/programming/local/207/article/179162/50/Liz-Peavey and
"Good Day Maine": http://www.myfoxmaine.com/story/15401970/author-elizabeth-peavey
Bob Keyes from the "Go" section of the Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/my-mothers-clothes-covers-lots-of-emotional-ground_2011-10-06.html?searchterm=peavey+Go
Bill Nemitz in the Maine Sunday Telegram: http://www.pressherald.com/news/parents-gone-but-soul-stuff-lives-on_2011-08-21.html.