Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Staceyann Chin brings 'Motherstruck!' to Chicago
by Charlsie Dewey
2016-06-01

This article shared 2948 times since Wed Jun 1, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Poet Staceyann Chin's newest one-woman show, MotherStruck!, chronicles her journey to motherhood as a single, lesbian, immigrant woman of color, showing how pregnancy in modern society is at once unique and deeply personal as well as a universal and public experience.

The production—which debuted at New York City's Culture Project at the end of last year and received critical acclaim—was originally directed by Cynthia Nixon, with Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project co-producing.

Chin said it was interesting to work with two other lesbian mothers, each of whom had her own experience with becoming a mother and with having been mothered.

"It had these three amazingly different perspectives on motherhood and was deeply informed by the experiences we'd had," she said.

"Cynthia got pregnant and had children of her own in a marriage with a male partner and then partnered with a woman who actually gave birth to a child they had. So her lenses covered both sides of the coin," Chin said.

"Rosie had adopted children and she came into this with that perspective of being a mom who didn't give birth to her children.

"One of the things that was apparent is it isn't just birthing that makes a mother."

Chin said they all had differing experiences of being mothered as well.

"Rosie, her mom died when she was young, so she also had a lack of a mother figure in her life as she learned to mother herself," she said. "Cynthia had a good relationship with her mom, and I had no relationship with my mom at all.

"Working with them helped me to see how universal the story is, that we could all be so completely different in our experience, yet have the same moments," Chin said.

In fact, Chin said having become accustomed to living within the context of several marginalized identities, she's been most shocked by how MotherStruck! has tapped into so many women's experiences with pregnancy and motherhood.

"For a long time my work has been about sexuality, race and being an immigrant, and all of these marginalized identities," Chin said. "So I was surprised by how many women—women with children, women without children, women who were trying to conceive, women who were not trying to conceive, women who had tried and didn't get pregnant, women who adopted children, women who inherited children, women who had difficult relationships with their mothers and those that had amazing relationships with their mothers—I was shocked at how it's as if I turned a page and my experience became universal in a way it had never been."

Despite its universal elements, Chin's story, which chronicles growing up in the care of extended family members without the presence of either of her biological parents and eventually realizing how much becoming a mother was a necessity for her and deciding to pursue motherhood as a single woman through in vitro fertilization, is uniquely personal.

She noted that, as a lesbian, she had to face the challenge of who and what society considers a legitimate family.

"In today's interpretation of family, we've had to fight so hard to legitimize our own grouping of family as LGBT people," she said. "The identity marker LGBT isn't necessarily immediately coupled with the idea of family."

She also noted her experience as a single woman revealed a lot about who society thinks deserves to have a child.

"The other one that maybe I got is that I don't have a right to be pregnant because I'm a single, lesbian, Black, immigrant artist," she said. "Why are you spending time and money to get pregnant when there are children who need to be adopted? How dare you make that choice? Even those of us who do believe you should be able to parent, think go find a child that is already there.

"But, when married couples, men and women, get pregnant the whole world smiles at them. No one asks, 'Why are you getting pregnant? There are children in the world—why don't you go and get one of them and raise them?'"

Chin said she's come to realize the heteronormative idea of motherhood is very narrow, while the actual experience of motherhood is "as wide as the sky or as deep as the ocean."

Chin's daughter is now 4, and she said she continues to chronicle her experience as a mother and how it is impacting her.

"I think maybe as a single lesbian my life was very formed by the need to create the now," she said. "I was very caught up with being in partnership now and finding happiness for myself now.

"Being with this kid is showing me how to be in a long term relationship and how to be okay with the ways of life, the ebb and flow of happiness, sorrow, joy, isolation, hope, gratitude, excitement, togetherness and apartness," she said.

"This relationship I have with my kid, I don't imagine it won't last forever. It forces me to practice skills I hadn't before within the context of relationships—forgiveness, not sweating the small stuff. That is an unusual byproduct of this relationship that I haven't really processed yet."

Chin said she is eager to bring MotherStruck! to Chicago.

"To date, its been the most crazy experience, getting pregnant and having a kid and moving through the world as a mother—and to tell the story on stage and to hear about other people's experience [are] mind-blowing," Chin said.

MotherStruck! will kickoff the Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration!" Performances will take place at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., June 11-July 17. The performance schedule for MotherStruck! is Wednesdays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

MotherStruck! is one of 12 plays featured in Greenhouse's "Solo Celebration!," which will include 10 full productions and two limited engagements running June 2016 through July 2017.

Flex passes to the Solo Celebration! series, which offers admission to five plays at a discounted rate, are now on sale. Single tickets are $32-48, and are on sale now. Flex passes and tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at 773-404-7336 or GreenhouseTheater.org .


This article shared 2948 times since Wed Jun 1, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: Incumbent 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden talks accomplishments, second term goals
2023-02-01
ELECTIONS 2023: Incumbent 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden discusses accomplishments, second term goals By Carrie Maxwell This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Andy Warhol in Iran juggles art, celebrity and geopolitics
2023-02-01
Andy Warhol in Iran. Playwright: Brent Askari At: Northlight Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Tickets: 847-673-6300 or www.Northlight.org; $30-$89. Runs through Feb. 19 The prolific 20th century gay ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023: 49th Ward challenger Belia Rodriguez on why running, differences from incumbent
2023-02-01
This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. Belia Rodriguez is a lifelong Chicagoan who attended Chicago Public Schools. ...


Gay News

HRC on end of Mpox Public Health Emergency: Today we enter a new phase in a continuing fight
2023-02-01
--From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — marked the end of the Mpox Public ...


Gay News

Chicago theater charges on through the cold months
2023-01-31
The ongoing 2022-2023 theater season—roughly September to June—will be the first complete production season in Chicago in three years. A few troupes cautiously returned to live performances late last spring, but most companies waited until the ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023 Jessie Fuentes: 26th Ward candidate talks mental health, LGBTQ+ Chicagoans
2023-01-30
This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. The 2023 race to represent Chicago's 26th Ward—which includes parts of ...


Gay News

Billy Porter discusses his fashion choices, personal ambitions
2023-01-30
Billy Porter—the Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner—needs no introduction—especially to the many fans of his character Pray Tell on Ryan Murphy's hit TV series Pose. Coming up exclusively in theaters Feb. 3, Porter will star as ...


Gay News

Lesbian named presiding judge of Cook County Circuit Court's Pretrial Division
2023-01-27
--From a press release - CHICAGO (January 27) — The Hon. Mary C. Marubio has been named the acting presiding judge of the Pretrial Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans said. Marubio (who Windy ...


Gay News

Lesbian tennis player ends 23-year career
2023-01-23
Australian tennis player Sam Stosur has called it a career after back-to-back losses at the Australian Open, Yahoo! Sport noted. Stosur—an out lesbian who played for 23 years—lost in the first round of the women's doubles ...


Gay News

Des Plaines Theater cancels anti-LGBTQ hate group event after outcry from citizens
2023-01-20
DuPage County-based Awake Illinois was set to hold an event called "Out of the Echo Chamber: Coalition for Kids" at the city-owned, but not city-operated, Des Plaines Theatre Wednesday, Feb. 8. This event has now been ...


Gay News

Theater Review: tick, tick...BOOM!
2023-01-19
One of the wonders of live theater is that old works can be revived and reinterpreted to respond to changes in culture and society. Often a new directorial approach can make tried-and-true material feel fresh and ...


Gay News

Theater Review: Princess Ivona is a dark but comic portrait of power
2023-01-19
Playwright: Witold Gombrowicz. At: Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St. Tickets: 773-384-0494 or www.trapdoortheatre.com; $25 (two-for-one admission Thursdays) Runs through Feb. 18 Trap Door Theatre is now tackling the ...


Gay News

Rogers Park's R Public House's door destroyed by homophobic vandal
2023-01-18
The lesbian-owned restaurant and bar R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis Ave., was targeted by a hammer-wielding man yelling anti-LGBTQ slurs at about 5:40 p.m. during happy hour on Monday, Jan. 16. Owners (and married couple) ...


Gay News

GLAAD announces nominees for 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
2023-01-18
--From a press release. Video below - Jan. 18, 2023 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced the nominees for the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Indigo Girls, LGBTQ+ films, GALECA nods, Jeremy Pope
2023-01-15
Indigo Girls will perform at an opening-night celebration for the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19 in Park City, Utah, Variety reported. The Grammy-winning lesbian folk-rock duo are debuting their new documentary, It's Only Life After All, ...


 




Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.