MEMORY HOUSE

by Kathleen Tolan
One winter night a woman bakes a pie as a girl tries to finish her college essay. As the deadline looms, unexamined issues of the girl's adoption from Russia, the rupture of her parents divorce, and the fear of leaving home break through the surface as the mother cajoles, deflects, and maneuvers around her own feelings of sadness and loss. Unfolding in real time, Memory House is about a young and an older woman who are forced to grapple with the past as they face an uncertain future. A funny and moving story about the complexity of living in the world today.
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Running Time: 80-90m
  • Cast: 2 f
Reviews

The New York Times

"A captivating emotional ballet that is also a moving demonstration of the strenuous work that goes into good mothering."

Sarah Hart, American Theatre Magazine

"Tolan nails the mother-daughter negotiation."

Journal News

"This glowingly written play by Kathleen Tolan may remind you of why we go to the theater in the first place."

Production History
PERFORMANCE DATES PRODUCTION GROUP LOCATION
Apr 20, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017 Miami University Hamilton Theatre Hamilton, OH
Sep 5, 2016 - Sep 5, 2016 N/A Fresno, CA
Nov 20, 2015 - Nov 22, 2015 Drama Studio Springfield, MA
Oct 22, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 Shaw High School Columbus, GA
Jul 29, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA
Jul 29, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA
Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 21, 2015 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
Aug 7, 2014 - Aug 9, 2014 Westford Academy Theater Arts Westford, MA
Mar 28, 2014 - Apr 6, 2014 UDM Theatre Company Detroit, MI
Nov 9, 2013 - Nov 9, 2013 The Merc Playhouse Twisp, WA
Sep 20, 2013 - Sep 21, 2013 The Merc Playhouse Twisp, WA
Jan 17, 2013 - Feb 10, 2013 Main Street Theater Houston, TX
Oct 25, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012 Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell, MA
Feb 3, 2012 - Feb 25, 2012 Oil Lamp Theater Chicago, IL
Feb 4, 2010 - Feb 6, 2010 Marshall University Theatre Huntington, WV
Aug 12, 2009 - Sep 5, 2009 The Vineyard Playhouse Vineyard Haven, MA
Apr 10, 2008 - Apr 19, 2008 Portland State University-Department Of Theater Arts Portland, OR
Feb 13, 2008 - Mar 1, 2008 Flashpoint Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA
Feb 3, 2008 - Feb 3, 2008 Lord Leebrick Theatre Company Eugene, OR
Jan 11, 2008 - Feb 2, 2008 Lord Leebrick Theatre Company Eugene, OR
Nov 30, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008 Trinity Repertory Company Providence, RI
Jun 28, 2007 - Jun 28, 2007 Utah Contemporary Theatre Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 16, 2007 - Apr 15, 2007 TheatreZone Chelsea, MA
Nov 16, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006 Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 5, 2006 - Oct 22, 2006 Renaissance Theaterworks Milwaukee, WI
Aug 10, 2006 - Aug 27, 2006 The Women's Theatre Project Sunrise, FL
Aug 3, 2006 - Aug 20, 2006 Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Jul 14, 2006 - Jul 25, 2006 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
Jun 30, 2006 - Aug 3, 2006 Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Holland, MI
Jan 21, 2006 - Jan 21, 2006 Washington High School Washington, IA
Jul 29, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA
Sep 1, 2005 - Sep 30, 2005 Victory Gardens Theatre Chicago, IL
Apr 1, 2005 - Apr 30, 2005 Playwrights Horizons New York, NY
Mar 1, 2005 - Mar 31, 2005 Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville, KY
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