‘night, Mother

Pulitzer Prize Winner 1983

By: Marsha Norman
Director: Ed Whitacre

With: Stacy Hasselbacher
Abigail Schumann
Set Design: John Nichols
Light Design: Brandon Lyles
Sound Design: Amy Altadonna
Properties: Christina Westenberger
Stage Management: Amy Lyles

Rehearsal photography


August 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 @
7:30 pm
August 12 @ 2:00pm
Williamsburg Library Theatre

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‘night, Mother is a brilliantly crafted drama about Jessie and her mother, who live together in a small, isolated country house. Jessie’s life has been characterized by loss: her father’s death; the end of her marriage; her son’s delinquency; and ongoing epilepsy and depression. As the play begins, Jessie finds her father’s old revolver and announces to her mother that she will kill herself by the end of the night. Her mother teeters between incredulity and desperation as Jessie cleans the house and prepares instructions so her mother can live on her own. Humor, pathos, and the difficulty of looking life in the face become seamless, everyday moments.  Marcia Norman creates a disturbingly tragic world and invites us to struggle with what is, and is not, in our control.


(Courtesy of American Theatre Wing)
MARSHA NORMAN is the book writer for The Color Purple, which can be seen at the Broadway Theatre. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, ‘night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. Ms. Norman is co-chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of the Juilliard School and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. I: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is a native of Kentucky who lives in New York City and Long Island with her two children.