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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hong Kong- ACT to present Marsha Norman's "'Night, Mother"

The Fab Marquee News Desk.

American Community Theater in association with Suicide Prevention Services presents Marsha Norman's pulitzer price winner 'Night, Mother, directed by Howard Paley. 'Night, Mother begins performances November 7 through November 15 at The Hon Kong Fringe Club.

Norman’s play is taut, powerful and uncompromising; the fierce, emotional back-and-forth between mother and daughter unfolding in its haunting storyline. Issues of control over one’s life, hopelessness and suicide are entwined as the play accelerates toward its devastating end.

’Night, Mother takes place in a small house on an isolated country road, shared by Jessie and her mother, Thelma. Jessie suffers from epilepsy; her father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's gun and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, Thelma’s sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment.

Directed by Howard Paley (Boy Gets Girl, What I Meant Was), ’Night, Mother is a two-woman tour de force starring Micha Sparrow as Thelma and Wendy Perez as Jessie. Micha Sparrow’s theatrical credits include roles Don Juan in Chicago, Cabot Lane, Little Shop of Horrors and most recently The Whole Shebang. Wendy Perez honed her acting skills in the United States in various productions including Miracle Worker and A Christmas Carol in Florida; Little Women and Evita in New Jersey; and Spoon River Anthology in Los Angeles.

Tickets are HK$180-HK$220, for more information visit www.acthongkong.com

1 comment:

Billychic said...

OH! This is such an amazing piece...I bet it will be fantastic.