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Motherhood Out Loud

NEW JERSEY PREMIERE – Motherhood Out Loud is a collection of short plays that tells the hilarious, touching and sometimes agonizing story of motherhood, covering many different angles from cradle to grave.


Stories from 14 playwrights are carefully curated into themed chapters. In “Fast Births” we witness the miracle of life followed by a new mom receiving unwanted sex advice from her own mother. “First Day” introduces us to gay dads, adoption, and a mother coping with her child’s gender identity. Other chapters cover sex talks, step-motherhood, first dates, leaving the nest, marriage and adulthood.

Motherhood Out Loud was written by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West. The play was conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein.

Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. Variety called the show “Chicken Soup for the Mom,” while BackStage summed it up as “storytelling at its sweetest.”

Staged April 24 - May 11, 2014

The cast of Motherhood Out Loud at Oakes Center in Summit

Cast & Creative Team


Nicole Callender*†
Laura Ekstrand*†
Scott McGowanr*†
Harriett Trangucci*†


Director: Harry Patrick Christian

Stage manager: Amy Hadam†

Assistant Stage Manager: Marisa Kilgallen

Scenic designer: Dave Maulbeck

Lighting designer: Zach Pizza

Sound designer: Jeff Knapp

Costume designer: Laura Ekstrand


Leslie Ayvazian
Brooke Berman
David Cale
Jessica Goldberg
Beth Henley
Lameece Issaq
Claire LaZebnik
Lisa Loomer
Michele Lowe
Marco Pennette
Theresa Rebeck
Luanne Rice
Anne Weisman
Cheryl L. West


* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble

member of the Actors' Equity

Harriett Trangucci & Nicole Callender in Motherhood Out Loud at Dreamcatcher Rep

Scott McGowan in Motherhood Out Loud at Oakes Center in Summit, NJ

Laura Ekstrand in Motherhood Out Loud

Laura Ekstrand, Nicole Callender & Harriett Trangucci in Motherhood Out Loud

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