Mother Bear

MOTHER BEAR by Jayme McGhan from Mortar Theatre CompanyThe World Premiere of
by Jayme McGhan
Directed by Jason Boat
May 26 – June 19, 2011

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL

Freely, an idealistic young lawyer and salt man for a startup truckers union, has come to Coyote Pass Truck Stop in Green River, Utah, in the guise of a long-haul trucker. His goal: to recruit Mother, the most feared and respected man on the road, along with his Disciples, a gang of notorious thugs who are suspected of hijacking trucks from Mexico and reselling the dope and weapons they contain, to join the union and strengthen the transportation industry. As the eighteen wheels spin and true identities and motivations are revealed, Freely must do battle to win the allegiance of a man who appears to have no allegiances.

Mother Bear is a hard-hitting, plot-twisting, pedal-to-the-floor haul down the darkest miles of America’s highways.

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Mother Bear Performance CalendarDates:
Preview: Thursday, May 26th
Opening Night: Friday, May 27th, at 7:30 p.m.
Performance Run: May 27 – June 19, 2011

Curtain Times:
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 2 hr and 05 minutes including a 10 minute intermission.

$20 – Regular ticket
$18 – Senior ticket
$15 – Student ticket
$15 – Industry (Fridays and Sundays)
$12 – Veterans
$12 – Group tickets (10 or more)

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In a land pioneered by the violence of our ancestors, can progress and pacifism coexist? Can bloody force be a tool of the moral?

About the Playwright:
Jayme McGhan is a Chicago-based playwright originally hailing from Minneapolis. He is the author of over a dozen full-length plays including THE FISHERMAN, HELLFIRE, THE METHUSELAH TREE, and THE SWEET STUFF. His plays have been produced and developed at theatres across the country including Irish Repertory Theatre (Off-Broadway), The Kennedy Center, Washington Shakespeare Co., Cleveland Public Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Hot City Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Cockroach Theatre, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory, Forestburgh Playhouse, Chased By an Elephant Theatre Co., and many more. Four of his plays are published. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Concordia University, Chicago. He is the former Regional Representative of the Dramatists Guild to the Twin Cities and remains a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Chicago Dramatists, and the Playwrights Center. He holds an M.F.A in Playwriting from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


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