A Tale of Generations
The brand new masterpiece, Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally enjoyed its grand world premiere in summer of 2013, at Bucks County Playhouse, Pennsylvania. Now it is coming to New York for a long stay. The play was originally scheduled to debut at the John Gold Theatre in March, but it is going to be staged ahead of the time, now in February. The show is directed by Sheryl Kaller, and features Fredrick Weller and Bobby Seggert in the cast as well.
The touching story of Mothers and Sons revolves around a mother, whose son has passed away. Twenty years after his death, she visits his former girlfriend, who is now married happily and has a son. As the women meet each other after years, the mother comes face to face with the fact that society has evolved and moved on without her. Here she also gets to know about the full life that could have been her sons. However, Mothers and Sons isnt the story of one woman or one man, it presents the tale of a generation which has evolved, and brings together two totally different people who once shared a similar loss. This new McNally production is compassionately beautiful, touching the complicated issues of life, such as nature of forgiveness and the definition of an evolving family. The feelings entwine with the bitter reality of life and leaves the audiences with memories to take back home.
Terrance McNally The Playwright
Terrance McNally is a multiple award winning playwright. Since 1970, he has been an official member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild and was also its vice president from 1981 to 2001. His Broadway writing debut was with the musical The Rink, which was staged in 1984. For his mini-series Andres Mother, he was awarded an Emmy in 1990. The story of the play revolved around a woman who is trying to cope with the passing of her son who suffered from AIDS. This was followed by a streak of plays which received a very good reception and also won him several more awards and recognitions. This includes one of his best known plays, Dedication, or The Stuff of Dreams, which won him a Tony Award.
Terrance McNally has written a total of thirty four plays till date, including the latest, Mothers and Sons. He has also written nine musicals, three operas, three films and three television programs. He has received numerous awards and recognitions in his life, including several Drama Desk Awards, four Tony Awards, two Obie Awards and one Emmy.
John Golden Theatre The Venue
Located on Broadways 45th street in Manhattan, John Golden Theatre is one of Broadways official venues. The theatre was designed in unique Moonish style, similar to the neighboring Royale Theatres, by Herbert J. Krapp. Named as Theatre Masque, the venue opened in February 1927, with the staging of the play Puppets and Passion. On the same stage more than two decades later, another puppets show left a mark by the name of Avenue Q. The theatre came under the possession of John Golden the impresario, who named it after himself in the 1920s. During 40s and 50s, the venue also served as a movie house, until it was bought by Shubert Organization who returned it to its complete theatrical purposes. In the past, the venue has hosted several notable plays such as Ropes End, Master Class, A Time to Kill and Seminar as well. Now it will be staging Mothers and Sons.