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Life's on stage in Boring

Taboo topics come to the fore in this 80s play that won a Pulitzer Prize


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Artistic Director Kelly Lazenby, left, and Kim Berger portray the damaged relationship between daughter Jessie and mother Thelma Cates in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Play, Night, Mother by Marsha Norman.In “Night, Mother,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play coming this week to the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater stage in Boring, playwright Marsha Norman asks some pointed questions.

What should a mother do when her daughter calmly says she intends to end her life before morning?

This is a parent’s worst nightmare. The damaged relationship between this mother and daughter does not help it come to a positive end.

Life is full of specific reasons to be depressed, but when several come to roost in Jessie’s family, the young woman feels like it is too much to handle.

The dilemma her mother (Thelma Cates) faces is to find a way to convince her daughter that life is worth living — but mom isn’t able to feel her daughter’s pain. The two women represent middle-class America, a place where the topic of suicide is not discussed openly.

The two actors, Kim Berger of West Linn and Kelly Lazenby of Gresham, play the show in real time, with no intermission.

The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater will present ‘’’Night, Mother” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 22 to March 10, at the historic Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in downtown Boring. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door and at nnbtheater.com.

For more information, call 503-593-1295 or visit the website at nnbtheater.com.

— Jim Hart