Act Out Theatre Group LLC will present the emotional two-woman play, “Night, Mother,” for one weekend only, beginning Sept. 14.
The production, directed by Molly Butler, a Dunmore High School senior, revolves around a mother and her 30-something daughter as the daughter informs her mother she is going to end her life with her father’s revolver. The story is particularly timely because September is Suicide Prevention Month.
Butler, who is active in Act Out Theatre’s musical workshops, is directing the play as part of her high school senior project. She is being advised by Kalen Churcher, of Plymouth. Dan Pittman, also of Plymouth and the theatre’s owner and artistic director, serves as technical director.
Laurie Kirk, of Reeders, and Shania Burns, of Scranton, play the mother and daughter, respectively. Kirk, who has two children of her own, said she relates to the mother in that she has seen her own children in pain and not been able to help.
She also relies on her own childhood and mother as she develops her character.
Burns believes the most challenging aspect of the play is channeling the emotion into playing Jesse, the daughter. But, it is that challenging aspect that led Burns to audition.
“Night, Mother” runs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. A 3 p.m. matinee performance will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16. All tickets are $15 and available by emailing Act Out Theatre Group LLC at [email protected] Act Out Theatre is located at 150 E. Grove St., Dunmore.