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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pygmalion Theatre Company presents “Last Lists of My Mad Mother” by Julie Jensen (SLC: NOV 3 - 19)

Fran Pruyn
Pygmalion Theatre Company
Ph: 801-971-4362


Pygmalion Theatre Company presents “Last Lists of My Mad Mother” by Julie Jensen

Salt Lake City, Utah – October 24, 2011: Pygmalion Productions presents “Last Lists of My Mad Mother” by Julie Jensen, November 3 – 19, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts.

In “Last Lists of My Mad Mother,” acclaimed Utah-native playwright Julie Jensen brings both personal insights and sharp wit to an experience that many face daily, or fear they will face eventually—caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. In this humorous, but deeply-felt play, Dot bears the responsibility of caring for her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, who is in rapid decline. Dot questions her ability to face this increasing burden while negotiating the family dynamics created by a sister who “helps” by offering plenty of advice—and criticism. Jensen’s sharp observation creates a pivot point for black humor, stark fear, frustration, and longed-for redemption.

Ms. Jenson “magnificently reveals the humor within the tragedy,” - Record-Journal.

Barbara Smith, most recently seen as the drunken bar fly in “Sordid Lives” plays Ma, with Jeannette Puhich as Dot and Holly Fowers as Sis. Robin Wilks-Dunn, who directed last season’s production of “The Good Body,” directs.

Courageously and humorously facing a disease that affects14.9 million unpaid caregivers, and afflicts more than 28 million people in the world today, “Last Lists of My Mad Mother” illuminates solace in commonality, respite in humor, and ultimately, the courage and dedication in meeting impossible circumstances.

Julie Jensen’s works have been produced in London, Hamburg and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as in New York and theatres nationwide. She has been commissioned by Mark Taper Forum, ASK Theatre Projects, Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Salt Lake Acting Company, Geva Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Penn State University, and Dramatic Publishing. Jensen’s work is published by Dramatic Publishing, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus.

All shows at the Rose Wagner Center for the Arts - 138 W. Broadway. Tickets are available through ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS.

Pygmalion Theatre Company produces plays that reflect issues, concerns, and shared experiences in the lives of women.


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