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