“Long before she died, my mother disappeared.
Inside herself. Into a fog of alcohol…”
What is it like to grow up as the son of a dynamic, successful, charismatic alcoholic? And after her death, to try to find her, to see her whole - perhaps for the first time - through the tangled labyrinths of story and memory? Part remembrance, part investigation, part celebration, this one-person show chronicles a man’s struggle to understand his mother’s life and death. Intimate, honest, and finally redemptive, it is a testament to the power of love between a mother and son. THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE asks us to honestly examine what we think love is, and to imagine loving better.
First workshopped at Rhubarb! at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and at Harbourfront Studio Theatre's Hatch, THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE has since been performed in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto.
On Saturday October 27, 2018, this powerful piece was presented as part of Threshold Theatre's Lunation series which in October focuses on mental health, in response to World Mental Health Day on October 10. The performance was at St. Matthew's United Church (in the parlour) 729 St. Clair Ave. West.