MOTHER. BY MARSHA NORMAN. III Set for the New York production of ‘ NIGHT MOTHER. ‘NIGHT, MOTHER opened on Broadway at the John Golden. : ‘Night Mother. (Acting Edition for Theater Productions) ( ): Marsha Norman: Books. 1 Apr ”WE’VE got a good life here,” says Thelma Cates to her daughter, Jessie, in Marsha Norman’s new play, ”’Night, Mother.” Many would agree.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A widow, she is starting to feel her age and has easily allowed her depressed daughter to come and take care of all the details of her life. While cleaning the old gun, Jessie tells her mother that she will kill herself, but Thelma does not believe her at first. Jessie leaves the room with her muted farewell ‘night, Mother.

Critical discussion has focused on the issue nkrman suicide in the play, but its feminism has also been debated.

They express the inner turmoil I live in. This is not a happy story, but it is very powerful, and leaves you thinking about the topics, and “what if? This is how I say what I thought about it all and I masha No. National Tour was launched after the Broadway production closed. Set in anyhome, and anytown, the play takes an unflinching look at the choice to die vs.

Jessie’s mother, conversely, has a hard t Moving but deeply depressing.

Aug 18, Tally rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. It’s so well done–so uniquely done–and so accurate all throughout. In this short, powerful play, Jessie tells her mother normaj she is not only contemplating suicide, but that she is about to do it. Her life had come to a dead end.

‘night, Mother | Marsha Norman

I found an old baby picture of me. At first Mama thinks that Jessie, an epileptic, is ill, but Jessie feels fine physically. And I tried to get more exercise and I tried to omther awake. View all 7 comments. I did a one person play of this and in high school!

As she was abjectly addicted to smoking, she decided to leave her husband. Essentially, they’ve lived together for years but have little real understanding of each other. Amrsha not much to tell. It is a riveting tale that plays on the idea of self-ownership and silent suffering–and how ultimate decisions can bring at last the peace one has looked for throughout one’s life.

Jessie is around 40, epileptic, divorced with a son who is turning into a criminal.

‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman: Summary

Like I’m standing there poking you with a cattle prod or you’re sticking your finger in a light socket as fast as you can. Nov 04, Booknblues rated it really liked it. We’re all afraid to die. Jan 12, Jim rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. They sympathize with Jessie and with her mother at the same time. Dead is dead quiet. Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Neglecting her Mama’s talk, she continues to instruct her how to handle all the chores of home after her death.

This is how I have my say. It is short play and takes little time to read, but prepare for the emotion it engenders. Jun 28, Random rated it really liked it Shelves: The play, presented in real-time, is gripping. Jessie, I know he wasn’t that dumb.

I ‘m not laughing. They were there when it happened and it don’t belong to them, it belongs to you, only they got it.

Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama I fell off the horse because I didn’t know how to hold on. She sees life as she wants it to be, rather than how it nkght.

I cry every time I read it. Tom Moore, who directed the play on Broadway, also directed the film. A Broadway revival opened at the Royale Theatre on November 14,and closed on January 9,after 65 performances and 26 previews, starring Brenda Blethyn and Edie Falcoand directed by Michael Mayer.