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Invisible Theatre opens 42nd season with 'Motherhood Out Loud'

Southwest premiere of multi-authored salute to moms

It’s a show with more writers than actors. “Motherhood Out Loud” is a celebration of all things mom. The show was created as a collaboration of more than a dozen writers from theatre, television, fiction and non-fiction to create a broad, diverse panorama of the motherhood experience. Beginning this week, the Invisible Theatre is presenting the southwest premiere of the show.

The 90-minute production was conceived by Susan Rose and the late Joan Stein, both with extensive Broadway experience. Rose is an award-winning theatrical and film producer. Stein was a Tony Award-winning producer who worked on more than 80 plays and musicals.

Among the 14 writers who contributed to the project are playwrights Beth Henley (“Crimes of the Heart”) and Theresa Rebeck (“Mauritius”), Lisa Loomer “The Waiting Room”), Cheryl L. West (“Addie: An American Girl Story”), novelist Luanne Rice and author Claire LaZebnik.

The local connection

The collection of personal, humorous and inspiring stories will feature a troupe of actors familiar to Tucson audiences: David Alexander Johnston, Susan Kovitz, Lori Hunt and Barbea Williams. Susan Claassen, Invisible Theatre’s managing artistic director who is celebrating her 38th year with the company, is the director and also did set and sound design.

Invisible Theatre is partnering with the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona by serving as a disposable diaper drop-off location during the run of the show.

Other Invisible Theatre theatrical productions this season include Claassen’s award-winning one-woman show, “A Conversation with Edith Head” (Oct. 11 – 14), the U.S. premiere of the Canadian comedy “Mesa” by Doug Curtis (Nov. 14 – Dec. 2), “First Kisses” by Jay Hanangan (Feb. 13 – March 3) and “The Fox on the Fairway” by Ken Ludwig (Apr 17 – May 5).

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Lori Hunt, Susan Kovitz and Barbea Williams in 'Motherhood Out Loud.'

If you go

  • What: “Motherhood Out Loud,” presented by The Invisible Theatre
  • When: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Sept. 23.
  • Where: The Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. 1st Ave.
  • Tickets: $28; half price rush tickets, if available, 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets available at 882-9721 and at online at OvationsTix.