Plymouth, N.H.—The hilarious and poignant relationship between a Jewish mother and her gay son is the basis of Jeff Solomon’s one-man-show Mother/Son at Plymouth State University March 18 at
7 p.m. in the Silver Center for the Arts.
The play is based on conversations about his homosexuality that Solomon, an Emmy-nominated television writer, had with his mother; tracing her transformation from shell-shocked parent to the mom at the front of the gay pride parade.
A critical hit on both sides of the ocean, Solomon plays the dual roles of mother and son in a performance the Chicago Tribune calls powerfully personal, yet as universal as family values, saying, “Solomon’s warm-hearted, semi-autobiographical tour-de-truth depicts the comically complex and wryly evolving relationship … as accessible as enjoyable … in a very fine dual performance, Solomon generously creates mother and son from the outside in.”
Mother/Son premiered at HERE Art Center in New York, and Solomon received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Best Actor for his performance of the play in Chicago. Internationally, Mother/Son has been performed in India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and had its Off-West End debut at the New End Theatre in London.
Mother/Son won the audience favorite, best playwriting and best male solo performer awards at the National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival.
Tickets for the play, which contains mature language and subject matter, are $25-15 for adults, $23-13 for seniors and $15-10 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
The Plymouth performance is sponsored by the PSU Sexuality, Anti-Violence, Gender and Equity (SAGE) organization and Plymouth Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
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