Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Amity Dry
July 3, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Writer (book, lyrics, music) and Producer. (I am in the cast in Australia, but am only wearing two hats for this production!).
What is your show about?
Marriage, motherhood, friendship and the juggle to do it all.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I had always loved musical theatre, but was originally a pop/adult contemporary writer and singer. I had enjoyed success in that field (in my home town of Australia) but always felt frustrated, because I wanted to tell stories and move people but the emphasis was on whether radio would play the song and how you looked in the video clip. Then I went to a cabaret show at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and fell in love with the art form of theatrical story telling through music. So I wrote my first cabaret show and loved the story telling so much I extended that show into a musical. And now I am completely in love with writing musicals and am pinching myself I am in NYC doing exactly that!
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I felt the experiences of marriage and motherhood were not realistically portrayed in the media in any form. We see the ‘Huggies’ commercial version, where the new mother is in a state of contented bliss, and wonder why we’re an exhausted wreck who can barely get out of our pajamas! Or we see the Hollywood version of romantic love and wonder why it’s so hard to keep a marriage alive when you’re surround by all the pressures of modern life. Or we're a working mother, wondering how everyone else makes it look easier than it is. So I wanted to tell the truth, in a funny, raw, challenging and honest way, to make women feel less alone and normal in their struggles. I also wanted to write a show that celebrates women and how strong we are. I never expected the show to be so passionately embraced by audiences (as it had been in Australia) but it proves that women are desperate to have their experiences and feelings validated and acknowledged. And to laugh at themselves at the same time.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Why are theater festivals so very important?
Because it gives a chance for someone like me, and so many other new writers, to have our work seen. This is such a huge industry that it’s hard for new voices to break through, but there are so many talented people and amazing shows out there waiting to be discovered. Without the support and public profile of NYMF my dream of premiering a show in NYC would remain exactly that, but through this opportunity I am able to bring a show from Australia and premiere it here. I also think it’s so exciting to see shows in festivals like this, because you never know what you’re going to find. It just may be the next big thing!