BUTCH MAMAS! NOT YOUR BUTCH MAMA'S COMEDY

Genre: Comedy, Lesbian+Gay
Playwright KS Stevens / Director Shenelle Eaton Foster

Butch Mamas! is a hysterical side splitting ensemble play! No facet of lesbian butch identity is left untouched in this wonderful debut by Ms. K.S. Stevens. Butch Mamas! is a humorous, intelligent, thought provoking, and moving play, for anyone who was ever experienced group dynamics and / or contemplated becoming a parent.

Corey (Ashley Brockington) recently graduated with her MSW and needs to complete her therapy hours for her license. She creates Butch Mamas! a therapy group for butch lesbians who want to become mamas! Little does she know, but she has created the perfect breeding ground for dysfunctional lesbians to process butch identity, parenting, failed relationships, and alternative ways to have children and make families. The hilarity ensues when the only consistent participants include a Teagan (Gayle Robbins) and Cassie (Jin-Xiang “Jx” Yu), a couple who broke up 6 years ago, without closer. In attendance are Robin (Cassie’s wife played by Minna Taylor), Alma (Lea Robinson), a lawyer and single woman looking for a surrogate, and Jasper (Micia Mosely), an AG who can’t get enough of being around her butch mamas, and Shay (Michael Abourizk) and Kelp (Becca Zaretzky), their well intentioned eccentric admirers.

*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.


About the Company: WOW Cafe Theater

In its 28th year, the WOW Café Theater serves as an incubator for tomorrow's theatre artists. Lisa Kron, Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, Lois Weaver & Peggy Shaw, Reno, and The Five Lesbian Brothers all developed their early work at the WOW Café. The WOW Café promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts.



Cast: Micia Mosely, Gayle Robbins, Jin-xiang 'jx' Yu, Minna Taylor, Lea Robinson, Rebecca Zaretzky*
Preview:   09/18/09
Open:   09/24/09
Close:   09/26/09

Schedule:
Sept 18th and 19th
Sept 24, 25 and 26

Please email K.Stevens.plays@gmail.com to reserve your tickets!
We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Theater:   WOW Cafe Theater
Address:   59-61 East 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
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Ashley Brockington is a dancer and an athlete.  Trained in Modern and West African Dance at the University of the Arts and Howard University,  she is passionate about exploring personal history through song and dance.  In 2000 she began training in the circus arts and performing with Circus Amok in New York City. 

In the past couple of years, Ashley has been throwing her energy backstage and taken up producing small community theater in the Lower East Side.  She cut her producer’s teeth at the Rivers of Honey Cabaret, spearheading the 2007 season and continuing to produce as a part of the Rivers of Honey Production Team. Ashley has recently has kicked off a new show, The Cabaret Cataplexy at The Slipper Room with her creative partner, Monstah Black http://www.myspace.com/cabaretcataplexy.

In June 2009, Ashley co-wrote and starred in Black Girl Ugly, an investigation of Black Women’s Self-Esteem.  This was the second season of creating a piece with two other Black Women participants.  Look forward to the third installment in 2010 at the WOW café Theater.
 

Michael Abourizk is thrilled to be back with the Spoon after appearing in their production of 'W;t' (ensemble, u/s Jason), as well as in 'Beautiful Thing'.  Michael created the role of "Shay" in the world premiere of Butch Mamas! and recently put his bilingualism to use playing a French-speaking "Madame" in Jean Genet's The Maids, both at the WOW Cafe Theater. Other New York theatre credits include Hamlet (Hamlet), The Eight Reindeer Monologues (Cupid), Save My Brother (the Palestinian), The First Cigarette at the Provincetown Playhouse, Rumplestiltskin (King), and Kafka Parables (Franz Kafka). He is a Milo Award-winner for the Park Road Playhouse's The Lion in Winter in which he portrayed "John." He is a graduate of New York University.  Eternal thanks to Michelle, Stephanie, and Phillip; and thank you Mom & Dad for being the beautiful things in my life.