Burning Mom (Paperback)

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Burning Mom (Paperback)


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After nearly a year of mourning her husband's death, sixtysomething Dorothy needs to feel alive. So she pitches a road-trip idea to her family--attending Burning Man, the massive arts festival known for its carefree nature that draws half a million people, and she wants to drive there in the RV she had purchased with her husband before he died. After she learns how to drive the RV and her family gets over their shock, Dorothy's son and his friend join her for her journey, sleeping in parking lots along the way, visiting a sex shop for costumes, and showing her around the massive, dusty grounds in Nevada. But once Dorothy starts to explore alone, whether its finding hilarious chaos in the middle of a naked bike ride parade or experiencing sweet solace and acceptance through art, she learns that she can do more in life than she ever imagined.

This comical play, which is based on author Mieko Ouchi's mother's own experiences, shows that the search for courage and independence can be lighthearted even when rooted in grief.

Writer, director, dramaturg, and actor, Mieko Ouchi trained at the University of Alberta's BFA Acting Program, the Women in the Director's Chair Program, and the National Screen Institute. Her award-winning films have screened at over thirty festivals, including the Toronto and Vancouver International Film Festivals and Asian American film festivals in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Her plays The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye), The Blue Light, The Dada Play, Nisei Blue, I Am For You, Consent, and The Silver Arrow have been translated into six languages, been finalists for the 4 Play Series at the Old Vic, UK; the Governor General's Literary Award; the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award; the City of Edmonton Book Prize; and Sterling Awards, and have been recognized with the Carol Bolt Award, Betty Mitchell Awards, and the Enbridge Playwrights Award for Established Canadian Playwright. Her work as a director and dramaturg--both at Concrete Theatre where she was Co-Artistic Director and Artistic Director for thirty-one years, and with writers and companies across the country--spans TYA to indie to large-scale work. Mieko now works as Associate Artistic Director at the Citadel Theatre. She lives in Edmonton with her husband Kim and their dog Nara.
Product Details ISBN: 9780369104342
ISBN-10: 036910434X
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Publication Date: October 31st, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English