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Ector's play 'God's Mother' focuses on Sarah, Hagar and Mary Feb. 18-21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University Theatres Second Stage series will present "God's Mother," a work in progress by Master of Fine Arts directing student Keisha Ector, opening at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in the David Thayer Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

"God's Mother," developed by Ector in collaboration with her cast, deals with the pain of forgiveness and the need to come to terms with history. The play re-examines religious traditions through the eyes of Sarah, Hagar, and Mary.

As mothers of the founders of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, these women are more often viewed as the mothers of famous sons than as matriarchs. With the aid of two spiritual midwives, each of the matriarchs relives her tale and presents a different perspective on familiar religious stories.

These tales, while painful to remember and even more painful to relive, remind the women of their own power and the need to confront life's disappointments in order to grow. As each woman comes to terms with her past and the role that history has assigned her, they learn about themselves and the women who have shared their destiny.

Ector explains, "These women realize through exploring their own pain that they must be the thing that stands between their children, all descendents of them, and chaos."

Ector, who is originally from New York City, is in her final semester at the UI. She has directed several plays at the UI including "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill, "Raised by Lesbians" by Leah Ryan and Ryan's "Debt and Truck." She co-directed "Twelfth Night" at Regina High School last fall. She was the inaugural recipient of the Sydney Spayde Scholarship in the UI department of theatre arts.

"God's Mother" features set design by Vicky Grube, costume design by Carolyn Barrientes, lighting design by Kelly PerkinsSmith and sound design by Oliver Nowak. The production's dramaturg is Robb Gries.

Tickets for "God's Mother" will be $7 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.