Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and Canadian Tour, 2017-18
The great English playwright Harold Pinter used to ring his frequent collaborator, the director Peter Hall and announce: “I’m pregnant again!”, which meant there was a new play in the offing, and after a suitable dramaturgical gestation, something quintessentially Pinter-esque would be born. Every couple of years I get a similar call from one of the Mom’s the Word Collective to say – they don’t want to alarm me so they don’t use the word pregnant – “there’s another one on the way.” I’m thrilled because it means I get to work again – on a new chapter – with a group of women who changed the theatrical landscape, not just in Canada, but on several continents. Long before there was The Vagina Monologues, Menopause the Musical, even Fifty Shades of Grey – Live on stage!, there was Mom’s the Word, as a group of Vancouver women, mothers all, did Saturday morning “writing therapy”, to fathom their lives as parents, partners and, yes, sexual beings, and how to recover from the pain caused by treading bare-footed on a Lego brick. They were also keen to discover how multiple moms/theatre workers could inch their way back into the Profession after having children. They were role models! Ironically it was one of the hubbies who said: “This stuff’s good – funny, insightful, authentic – you should put it on stage.” They did. And in the process they changed their lives and the lives of countless moms (and hubbies etc) who learned and laughed and cried in the Theatre of Recognition as Mom’s the Word became a global hit. Last year alone, productions toured in Scotland, Germany, Canada. I’m sure there’s not a day goes by when someone, somewhere in the world isn’t saying “Contractions quickening, more intense…” (The opening to Mom’s #1) or showing us that damn Lego brick (a big laugh in Mom’s #2 and the “best of” show, Mom’s Remixed.) And now a new chapter, when the kids are on the move, or should be, or we pray they will, soon, please sweet heaven! and the Moms have kept on working, holding up that mirror, examining the reflections, still teaching and learning, while being just a little bitter that the Lego Batman movie is going to be such a colossal hit.
“Mom’s the Word 3 captivates with its heart, humour and honesty … Over and over, I laughed to the point of tears.” – The Georgia Straight