Mother's Nature features the work O.G. Ueberroth, Family Tradition, Terry Palczewski, Enough is Enough, and Michigan State University graduate student Andy Head, Generations. The production is directed by Ixion Artistic Director, jeff croff and features a cast of: Rachel Wilder, Isabella Croff, Josephine Croff, Oralya Garza, Rikki Perez, Erica Beck, Jacqueline Payne, and SaDonna Croff. Mother's Nature is the result of a year long process of working with the authors to develop their scripts through workshops and public readings. The writers were all asked to develop a script, which explored relationships with the women in our lives.The result after an initial pool of twenty scripts and multiple rewrites is Mother's Nature.
"I'm very excited to bring these works to the stage," observes croff. "The authors have put so much time, effort and creativity into crafting these pieces. I think the audiences will appreciate not only the fun and joy in each of the scripts, but also the quality of the content. We at Ixion are proud to be encouraging and nurturing Michigan writers."
O.G. Ueberroth's Family Tradition is a story about meeting the family. Tina, played by Rikki Perez, brings Morgan to meet her abuela, played by Oralya Garza. Tina quickly learns that her concerns about a boring meal of beans and rice is the least of her worries as she finds out about a secret family tradition involving poison.
Terry Paczewki's Enough Is Enough travels to Greece where we meet the Oracle of Delphi, played by Erica Beck. The life of an oracle isn't as easy as one might imagine as she tries to translate the words of a piqued goddess, Phoebe, played by Jacqueline Payne to something understandable for a clueless tourist, Agatha, played by SaDonna Croff. Making sense and meaning have never been more confusing.
Andy Head's Generations explores the aftermath of a tornado strike. We join the grandmother, Sandy, as she tries to make conversation in a waiting area with her granddaughter Elie, a role shared by Isabella Croff and Josephine Croff, Grandmother and granddaughter seem to be at peace with their current plight, but that calm is shattered when Elie's mom, Katrina, played by Rachel Wilder, arrives with an update. Careening from frustration to a fear about the long term effects this sort of trauma could have, Katrina tries to hold things together, while a stranger story slowly bubbles up from Sandy's tales.
With mothers in mind, this production will be dedicated to offering the care and support we think of when we think of Mom. During the show all concession proceeds will be donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank along with all food goods donated for admission.