Thrown Stone is pleased to announce the casts of our two special performances of Expressing Motherhood on July 23 at 7pm and 9pm at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Tickets go on sale on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12 at 10am.
Seating is extremely limited, and the event is expected to sell out.
Expressing Motherhood Connecticut
Since 2008, moms have been sharing their stories at Expressing Motherhood performances across the country. The show is built for the non-famous, non-published, and people who want to get out and express themselves.
“Expressing Motherhood is happy to be expanding into Ridgefield, Connecticut!” said Lindsay Kavet, the founding Director and Producer of Expressing Motherhood, “Thrown Stone has been more than welcoming and we look forward to having our show at this wonderful, intimate theatre.”
“When we first approached Lindsay about performing Expressing Motherhood in Ridgefield, we weren’t sure if we would get enough submissions to fill one show,” said Thrown Stone Co-Artistic Director Jason Peck. “In the end we had to split the show into two casts because we received so many compelling stories.”
“It’s a great opportunity to hear from so many local women about their personal experiences,” said Amanda Curtin, who will direct the July 23rd shows. “Each of them has a unique story to share, and yet the feelings and themes are universal.”
Claire Tisne Haft
Claire Tisne Haft lives with her husband Ian, their children Louie (11), Selma (9), George (8), Carnage (dog) and Sweetpea (cat). She writes a weekly column for Greenwich Time called Motherlode and enjoys picking up dirty clothing, closing the front door and taking iPads away.
Stephanie Hazard, a devoted mother of two adult children, was born and raised in New York City and lives in New Canaan with her husband. Sober for 19+ years, she is a newly certified Recovery Coach Professional and is dedicated to helping women overcome addiction. She is a classically trained actress and enjoys producing and directing as well. She cherishes her family and friends and is a connoisseur of oatmeal raisin cookies.
Holly still considers herself a newbie to New England, having moved here five years ago from Kentucky with her now 17 year old daughter. She’s a human resources executive by day, a comedian (seriously!) by night…but her very favorite job is being a mama to her Aly girl!
Joanne Hudson is a playwright, director and filmmaker. She had her first child at 18 and her second at 21. She was a single mother for twelve years until she found the right partner in both art and parenting. She is a high school drop out, and a college graduate with an MFA in playwriting and a Fulbright Scholarship in creative writing. joannehudsonplays.com
Cotton is a mother, a theater artist, and a brain-based Movement Reeducation Specialist. She has a loud laugh, a weakness for sugary snacks, and a love of good storytelling in any form. Love to Jason and Toby. www.cottonwright.com
As of now Melanie’s connection to Motherhood is slowly diminishing, thanks to her 15 year old twin BOYS! She came to New York after graduating college to pursue a career in Fashion Merchandising. After 20 years in retail apparel she became involved in Catering and Event Planning. And through all that she somehow landed in “Motherhood” and to Thrown Stone’s Expressing Motherhood event.
P.S. She was the lead in a theatrical production as a “King” (not Elvis) when she was 12 years old.
Cindy Eastman & Annie Musso
Cindy Eastman is a teacher and an award-winning author from Watertown, Conn. She has been a mom for 38 years and a grandmother for 7 years. Her book, Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down was published in 2014. Always a fan of Nora Ephron, her last theatrical accomplishment was at CTAW’s Love, Loss and What I Wore in 2015.
Annie Musso is a mom first and non-profit business manager second. Her theatrical credits include her high school production of Singing in the Rain and community theater productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anne of Green Gables. She serves on the Conservation Committee for Woodbury, Conn. and lives there with her husband and son.
Lesley Lambton was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England—a city famous for its coal and Brown Ale. After gaining a degree in English Literature, she moved to Cardiff in Wales where, with support from the Welsh Arts Council, she had her chapbook Crocus published. She has lived in Ridgefield for 23 years, where she works in her dream job at her local library organizing programs and events, and where she and her husband raised their two sons, who thankfully think she did a pretty good job as a mother (or so they now tell her).
Charlotte is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, designer, and curator with a passion for story-telling and with an emphasis on transformation and healing through creative expression. Her current focus is to integrate all these aspects into performance-based work. Her piece for Expressing Motherhood called Dabbling in Womanhood is told from the viewpoint of a little girl looking into her mother’s ritual of preparation for an evening out. It explores themes of isolation, the universal longing to grow up, and the dynamic between mother and daughter in that place in between.
Gina became a mother in 2006. Her son, Isaac, is a 12-year-old musician and rabbit wrangler; son Jacob is a 10-year-old sports fiend; daughter Clarissa is a 5-year-old force of nature. Check out Gina’s production of Cry It Out right here in this theater.
Katya Stanislavskaya is an award-winning composer-lyricist, a professor of musical theater, and a music director. Her most important job is mom to Gabriel, age 5. She has been a married mom, a divorced mom, and a “dating” mom. In September, she will embark on a dual journey as a “remarried mom” and “mom to a Kindergartener”, but she is not freaking out about any of these things.
Colleen works as an Executive Assistant at Explorations Charter School in Winsted and lives in Torrington with her husband Emil and daughter Stephanie. She is very active in community theater around Litchfield County having directed, acted in and stage managed shows for Goshen Players, Inc., The Phoenix Stage Company, and the Nancy Marine Studio Theater at The Warner. Colleen and her husband Emil helped found the “Miles 4 Moe Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut” which raises money in memory of their son Emil “Moe” Renzullo, Jr. to support organizations that encourage inclusive activities for children with special needs and camper scholarships to Camp MOE.
Poet and educator Barb Jennes is a founding member of the (fictional) Association of Loser Mothers. She encourages all mothers to go easier on themselves and practice self-compassion. Barb is currently seeking certification in biblio/poetry therapy.
Pauline Tully is a New York native who spent life before kids in theater and film. She is now raising an audience of two in Ridgefield CT where she is exploring the genres of drama and comedy, and drama, and comedy…
Karen Kudish has been teaching English at Granby Memorial High School for 23 Years. Her work originated out of a “how to” paper she assigned to her senior writing class. She is the proud mother of twin 16 year olds and resides in Windsor Locks, CT. She has never attempted to do anything like this in her life.
Alice Barstow Schuette
With a new baby in her belly and a new husband, Alice moved away from her busy city life to the foothills of Connecticut in order to grow her family. Seventeen years and two teenage daughters later, as a mostly stay-at-home parent, Alice has had a handful of careers and pursuits with writing being a constant friend throughout all journeys. Today she finds time to lead Intuitive Writing Workshops and is co-director of the yoga and writing retreat, Pose and Prose, helping others to unleash the stories brewing at their core. She’s grateful to be part of Expressing Motherhood and among others who have also found inspiration in the most courageous role any person could take on.
Yolanda C. Finley lives in Stamford, CT and is a mother of two girls (ages 17 and 20). Yoli was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and is of Puerto Rican descent. While her girls are proud Latinas and African-American (Dad), they had blonde, curly hair for many years, which led many to believe that she was their nanny. Yoli is currently a Senior Director for a financial consulting firm, and was previously a banker and trader on Wall Street. She always worked outside of the home and dislikes the phrase “working mom” since she has never met a mom who doesn’t work.
Katie Kaplan is a singer, cantorial soloist, music educator, wife, and mother of two hilarious and quirky kids. In her role as mother for almost a decade, she still has very little clue about what she is doing most of the time. She forges ahead through the great unknown of parenting with humility, wit, and humor. Though she has always known you can’t “have it all,” she may run away with the circus to perform her masterful juggling act featuring the many varied, essential, and beautiful aspects of her life.
Aline Weiller is a journalist, publicist, essayist, and 5-time CT Press Club award-winner. She most enjoys writing about family and pop culture, and has performed stand up comedy. Aline is also the founder of Wordsmith, LLC, a public relations firm based in Weston, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Alana Arco Peck
Alana Arco Peck is an artist, an educator, and a mother. As an actor she has performed coast to coast and has been seen locally in the Thrown Stone U.S. premiere of Milk and in the original play, Sisters, at Keeler Tavern. She finds great joy in expressing herself through painting and writing and is thrilled to be a part of the first Connecticut Expressing Motherhood show. Her most satisfying (and challenging) role to date is that of mother to her two beautiful, unique, and spirited children Ilia and Holden. She is grateful each day for the lessons they teach her and for her supportive husband Jason.
My mother simply loved naughty children. She couldn’t help it. They surprised and delighted her. Good manners however was a given whether it was at the table or for guests or teachers but wrestling, tree climbing, any competition from how high up you could jump from the highest stair were plain normal. One son had his head opened so many times jumping the impossible that our doctor threatened to put a zipper in his head instead of patching it. Bruises, scratches and scars were just normal signs of healthy, sometimes naughty children. I think my mother would love my plays. They’re surprising.