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400 Mothers and Daughters (working title)  is:

  • 18 songs.
  • 18 different mother/daughter(s).
  • 18 different stories.  Each one a dramatic moment in the life-long journey from cradle to grave revealing the truths, the changes,  the pains and pleasures of the mother-daughter bond.
  • Each one a true story from the 400 real women and girls we interviewed and filmed for our award winning documentary, “The Story of Mothers and Daughters.”  We thank all of you.  Your honest words always sounded like music to us.
  • Every one of us will recognize, viscerally, the themes and moments of our own lives while watching this musical.  Not some playwrights experience, nor some fictional character, but ourselves –  in this musical, in these songs, on that stage … and likely, many times during the play.

400 Mothers and Daughters theatrical lineage:

This musical is like: A Chorus Line meets The Vagina Monologues.   We create a collective portrait of the mother-daughter relationship referencing the theatrical genre of a documentary theater concept musical:

  • documentary theater– meaning a stage play drawn from the real world rather than from fiction or imagination,  Like  Vagina Monologues  or any of the plays by Anna Deavere Smith, our creative work begins not with a playwright, but with in-depth interviews with real people about their own lives and experiences.
  • concept musical–  about a central theme or concept, rather than about a plot or protagonist-character(s). Just like Cats  and Chorus Line, (also concept musicals) we use songs from multiple diverse characters, each with their own separate story, that together present a many-sided portrait of our chosen theme.  In comparison, the book musical (e.g. Oklahoma! to Hamilton) is plot based, a central story with on-going characters whose trials and tribulations make up the narrative.

Our Audience

Admittedly, not everyone will be interested in this play.  Our audience is limited to:

  • mothers and daughters
  • plus people who have a mother
  • plus people who have a daughter.

But despite that limitation … and seriously now …  we believe there is a devoted audience who care deeply about this theme and will care passionately about this musical.

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