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Fulton Community Theatre Presents ‘Night, Mother’

FULTON, NY – A riveting exploration of grief and the loss of hope during a mother and daughter’s last night together will unfold onstage as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents Marsha Norman’s “night, Mother.”

“Family is just accident, Jessie. It’s nothing personal, hon. They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are,” Thelma Cates (Beverly Cooney Poznoski, right) explains to her daughter, Jessie (Kasey McHale), as “Mama” tries to get to the heart of the issues – and change her daughter’s thinking – that come to a head during the gripping evening that plays out in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of Marsha Norman’s “night, Mother.”
“Family is just accident, Jessie. It’s nothing personal, hon. They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are,” Thelma Cates (Beverly Cooney Poznoski, right) explains to her daughter, Jessie (Kasey McHale), as “Mama” tries to get to the heart of the issues – and change her daughter’s thinking – that come to a head during the gripping evening that plays out in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of Marsha Norman’s “night, Mother.”

This special production, part of FCT ‘s 25th Anniversary Season will be run one weekend only October 1, 2, 3, and 4 onstage at The CNY Arts Center, located at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus, 11 River Glen Plaza, just off of Route 481 North.

The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reservations may be made by calling 315-598-ARTS (2787).

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “night, Mother” opens on just another Saturday night in the home of Jessie and Thelma Cates. But this all changes when Jessie asks the question, “Where’s Daddy’s gun?”

Faced with the perception that her life no longer has significant meaning, Jessie has decided to kill herself, and she makes her intentions clear to her mother.

Will she or won’t she end her life?

And why?

Suspense builds over the 90 minutes of real time as Thelma desperately tries to alter her daughter’s plans.

Due to the mature nature of the subject, the play may not be suitable for all ages and audiences.

Parental judgment is strongly suggested.

Featured in the play are the talents of Kasey McHale as Jessie and Beverly Cooney Poznoski as Thelma.

The production is under the direction of Fulton Community Theatre’s artistic director William Edward White.

The play’s venue, the recently opened CNY Arts Center stage on the campus of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus, adds another layer to the production.

The run of “night, Mother” was scheduled specifically to coincide with the events of CCC’s Mental Health Wellness Week.

“FCT is very excited and honored to be partnering with CCC to bring this event to the college community, as well as the entire greater Fulton and Oswego County area,” White said.

CCC will hold a special reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on October 1 in the Fulton college’s main atrium before the opening night performance. The college will also hold a reflective discussion on October 2 at 11a.m. for students attending the opening night performance.

Additionally, students attending any of the weekend’s performances can have their Mental Health Awareness Scavenger Hunt card punched as a qualifying event for the week’s activities.

“The issue of suicide has always been complicated and controversial. This play brings us to the heart of both sides. Does the right to life mean we should all have the right to choose death? Or is such action as heartless and devastating as murder? We invite you to come watch the story of Jessie and Thelma and to draw your own conclusions,” White said.

Because this play commonly provokes audiences into wanting to know more, Fulton Community Theatre is adding something different to its production.

After each show, the audience is invited to remain and visit with the cast and director to talk about the characters, the process of rehearsals, the character motives, the character relationships, and anything else that the audience would like to explore.

FCT will also be inviting health professionals to participate in these talkbacks.

“night, Mother” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

For more information, please visit www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org or email [email protected]