JUNE 2019 | Volume 180
Jill Daum. Set and costume design by Pam Johnson, lighting design by Marsha Sibthorpe, and projection design by Kate De Lorme. Photo by Emily Cooper.
From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom's the Word series comes another chapter in their stories of family and fracas. The kids are grown, marriages have “evolved,” and bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. From a sold-out run and a hit tour, the moms are back again to share this nestful of insights and ribald humour.
Celebrating the incredible success of the Mom’s the Word series, director Wayne Harrison said, “This group of women changed the theatrical landscape, not just in Canada, but on several continents. Last year alone, productions toured in Scotland, Germany, and Canada.”
First conceived in 1993 by a group of Vancouver actors who had become “exhausted, bedraggled, amateur mothers, ”Mom’s the Word became an immediate hit. The first show premiered at the Arts Club in 1995, with the moms sharing their experiences of new parenthood. In 2005, Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged chronicled the good, the bad, and the ugly of raising teenagers and the moms’ own aging. Then, in 2009, both shows were combined to produce Mom’s the Word: Remixed. In the latest instalment, Mom’s the Word: Nest ½ Empty, the moms recount the trials and tribulations of adult children. Featuring rocky relationships, parenting mishaps, and aquafit crushes, the moms are back and ready to talk about it all. The moms say it best: “We gotta keep going, so we may as well laugh while we can!”
“Captivates with its heart, humour, and honesty” —The Georgia Straight
STARRING THE MOM’S THE WORD COLLECTIVE
Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams
Wayne Harrison (Director), Anna Kuman (Choreographer), Pam Johnson (Set & Costume Designer), Marsha Sibthorpe (Lighting Designer), Kate De Lorme (Sound & Projection Designer), Pamela Jakobs (Stage Manager), April Starr Land (Assistant Stage Manager)
June 6–July 20, 2019 (Media opening: June 12)
Mon–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat at 2 PM
ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club, one of the largest not-for-profit theatre companies in the country, is the principal gathering place for the theatrical arts in British Columbia. Comprising three unique venues across Vancouver, the Arts Club welcomes more than a quarter million guests annually, tours provincially and nationally, and engages students and artists alike through educational and professional programs.
Above all, the Arts Club is dedicated to the advancement of local artists telling stories from around the globe and, in particular, those of our region. From this, we believe that culture expands, an understanding of differences is nurtured, and art bursts forth. The Arts Club was founded in 1964 and is currently led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White.
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