Mothers and Sons
NW Premiere

Mothers and Sons

February 9 - March 7, 2016
Alder Stage

By Terrence McNally
Directed by Jane Unger

In this sensitive and wryly humorous 2014 Tony Award-nominated play, a mother, after a 20-year silence, pays a surprise visit to her deceased son’s former lover seeking a connection she can’t fathom. At his Central Park apartment, with his husband and young son by his side, he shows her that healing and hope are possible, even after devastating loss.

In this play, vastly different worlds collide, yet truth and compassion rise to reveal that all dreams begin with the common ground of forgiveness.

4-time Tony Award-winning playwright

Playwright Terrence McNally wrote a letter to Director Jane Unger about the play and why he wrote it. Read it here.

Suggested Reading
compiled by Jane Unger & Luan Schooler

Here is a (very) partial list of relevant books, plays, stories and films to expand the Mothers and Sons experience:

Plays Well With Others by Alan Gurganus
The Best and Only Everything by Augusten Burroughs
Some Men by Terrance McNally
The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Safe Sex by Harvey Fierstein
A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino
The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner

Study Guide

Download the study guide for this production here. A great resource for all!

Alder Stage

1515 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205


Michael Mendelson
Cal Porter
JoAnn Johnson
Katharine Gerard
Ryan Tresser
Will Ogden
Holden Goyette
Bud Ogden-Porter


Terrence McNally
Jane Unger

Production Team

Daniel Meeker
Scenic Designer
Darrin Pufall
Costume Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Rodolfo Ortega
Composer / Sound Designer
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Jessica Evans Irvine
Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Operator