Xavier Players staging 'Night, Mother in Gallagher theater

Marsha Norman's Pulitizer Prize-winning play explores family issues, depression | November 7, 2005

The opening scene of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play begins when a daughter sits down one night and calmly tells her mother she is going to kill herself before morning. This is the premise for 'Night, Mother, presented by the Xavier Players, Nov. 17-20, in the Gallagher Student Center studio theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Written in 1981, this play has been praised for its emotional honesty and realistic dialogue, with much of the praise focused on the play's unflinching depiction of a family, specifically a mother and daughter, in crisis and the issue of depression.

“Depression can be debilitating," says director for performing arts Cathy Springfield, who is directing the production. "This play explores that issue in a very real way and shows what might happen if you don’t deal with it. Our hope is this production will shine a light on the issue and show people that you can get help for depression.”

Discussions about depression follow each performance and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is providing information tables outside the theater.

Sophomore April Sauline plays the mother, Thelma, and senior Monica Bartz-Gallagher takes on the role of the daughter, Jessie.

It is the philosophy of the Xavier Players to combine real-life experiences in the form of meaningful service that relates to the issues presented in the plays. The Players believe it is in this act of service that one truly becomes socially aware.

Tickets are $3 for Xavier faculty, staff, students and seniors, $5 for the general public. Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 7, at the Xavier Players box office, which you can reach by calling 513 745-3939. Seating is limited.