2013/ White Horse Theater Company (Artistic Director: Cyndy A. Marion)
A play by Marsha Norman
Original Incidental Music Score by Joe Gianono
‘Night Mother centers on the interactions between Thelma, an elderly woman and Jessie Cates, her daughter, whose depression has pushed her to the brink of suicide. As Jessie steels herself for her last act, Thelma gallantly encourages her to opt for life. The main three note musical theme, which reflects the title, is set against a repeating single note in the left hand of the piano, suggesting the ticking of a clock. The flute enters with the second theme representing the strange irony of Jessie’s situation. On one hand, Jesse is quite calm, as if it were a perfectly normal day in suburbia and on the other, a woman who is going to blow her brains out with her father’s pistol at bedtime, after a typically normal, uneventful evening.
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