Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to Mansion View InnWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
Marsha Norman’s work has endured for decades. The renowned playwright’s most famous piece, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “‘night, Mother,” will soon be making its way to the Mansion View Inn as part of the J & J Productions staged reading series on Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m.
The reading features veteran actresses Barbara Barkan and Cindy Bilby. Jeffrey J. Albright is directing. The production company was founded by Albright and John DuVall.
“I first saw this play on Broadway back in the ’80s; it’s a very raw, gut-wrenching piece. One of the reasons that I think the play holds up so well after so many years is because its themes are universal and timeless. This production got started after I was approached by Cindy Bilby to direct it,” Albright said. “I really am working with two of the most talented actresses working on the Toledo stage. The most difficult aspect of directing the piece is being able to find the humor in it, a sense of release and relief.”
Albright has worked extensively around the area as an actor and director on productions such as “Pass the Butler,” “Light up the Sky,” “Moon over Buffalo” and many others. J & J Productions is currently choiosing pieces for future readings and hopes to do three or four staged readings a year.
“I think what I’d like people to come away with, is that we have choices to make and that of those choices have consequences. I think that this is a play that you can grow with. Being slightly older than when I first saw it, I just take a more mature approach to the material.”
Norman also wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical “The Secret Garden,” as well as the libretto for the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.” “‘night, Mother” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, as well as the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Drama Desk Award. Norman also wrote the screenplay adaptation, which starred Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. More recently she has written several episodes of the HBO series “In Treatment.”
Tickets for “‘night, Mother” are $10. There will be a reception prior to the reading at 7:30 p.m. The Mansion View Inn is located at 2035 Collingwood Blvd. in Toledo’s historic Old West End. Net proceeds will benefit the Old West End Association, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
For more information, call (419) 244-5676.