After a 3-year absence from the Jamaican stage, the incomparable Leonie Forbes joins forces with the luminous Makeda Solomon in what promises to be a memorable & exemplary experience: ‘Night, Mother.
‘Night, Mother, is a riveting one-act play by American playwright, Marsha Norman, which takes an unflinching look at a woman’s decision to commit suicide. Directed by Fabian Thomas, the production is slated for a limited 12-show run at the Pantry Playhouse from November 30 – December 17.
Thomas describes this production as “…a dream come true….I mean I have wished and hoped that someone would put Leonie Forbes & Makeda Solomon on stage together, then I thought ‘Why not me?’. I knew what play I wanted to do, asked them…they both miraculously said yes and here we are. I’m still pinching myself in disbelief. Leonie Forbes is a living legend and Makeda’s talent continues to amaze me and they are both in a play that I’m directing and producing!!!”
‘Night, Mother, written in 1981, was Marsha Norman’s fifth play. The work received generally favorable reviews when it was first produced on stage in 1983. Among the numerous honors bestowed upon the play, it was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for drama and nominated for four Tony Awards. Critics have lauded the play for its emotional honesty and realistic dialogue, with much of the praise focused on the play’s unflinching depiction of a family—specifically a mother and daughter—in crisis. This lack of sentimentality and the play’s focus on the loneliness and emptiness of the two women’s lives are often cited by those praising Norman’s script.
Sankofa Productions will make donations to two charities, and offer special group rates to tertiary level Drama students and drama groups.