Mothers and Sons (play)

Mothers and Sons is a play by Terrence McNally, which opened on Broadway in 2014.

Production historyEdit

Mothers and Sons had its world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse, Pennsylvania, in June 2013. Directed by Sheryl Kaller, the cast starred Tyne Daly, Manoel Felciano and Bobby Steggert.[1]

Mothers and Sons opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on March 24, 2014, after previews from February 23, 2014. Directed by Sheryl Kaller, the cast stars Tyne Daly as Katharine Gerard, Frederick Weller (Cal), Bobby Steggert (Will) and Grayson Taylor (Bud). The scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by Nevin Steinberg.[2][3] The play closed on June 22, 2014 after 104 performances and 33 previews.[4]

Regional and International

The play was produced by the Philadelphia Theatre Company from February 6, 2015 to March 8, 2015, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg and starring Michael Learned as Katherine Gerard.[5] It ran at Speakeasy Stage Company in Boston from May 8, 2015 to June 6, 2015.[6] The Aux Dog Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico presented the play from February 22, 2015 to March 15, 2015.[7]

The play ran in Argentina since May 11.[when?] The play was produced by Ensemble Theatre in Sydney from August 21 to September 27, 2015.[8]

The play opened February 10, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, produced by CATCO and closed February 28, 2016.[9][10]


The play takes place 20 years after the events in McNally's 1990 television play Andre's Mother.[11]

Katharine Gerard lost her son to AIDS 20 years ago, and now Katherine visits her son's partner, Cal, who has married Will. The two attempt to reconcile.

Critical receptionEdit

Ben Brantley, reviewing in The New York Times, wrote: " 'Mothers and Sons'... is, in essence, a debate play with fraught emotional underpinnings, and it doesn’t avoid the stasis of that genre. It also tends to sabotage its potential to move us by making the debate, rather than psychological credibility, its first priority.... Ms. Daly...again proves herself one of our most formidable stage actresses.... She and the play are at their strongest, though, not in what is spoken, however articulately, but in tacitly suggesting a sorrow beyond words that is always waiting to resurface."[3]

Chris Jones, in his review for the Chicago Tribune wrote that the play is "moving, intensely resonant". He noted that "To a large extent, McNally is chronicling the revolutionary changes he has seen in the lives of gay Americans — and what playwright has more right to do so?"[12]

Original CastEdit

Katharine—Tyne Daly
Will Ogden—Bobby Steggert
Cal Porter—Frederick Weller
Bud Ogden-Porter—Grayson Taylor

Awards and nominationsEdit

Mothers and Sons was nominated for two 2014 Drama League Awards, for Outstanding Production Of A Broadway Or Off-Broadway Play and Distinguished Performance Award (Tyne Daly).[13] Tyne Daly was nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play.[14]

The play received two 2014 Tony Award nominations: Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tyne Daly).[15]


  1. ^ Gioia, Michael "Terrence McNally's 'Mothers and Sons', With Tyne Daly, Bobby Steggert and Manoel Felciano, Begins June 13 at Bucks County" Archived 2014-04-13 at the Wayback Machine, June 13, 2013
  2. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Terrence McNally's 'Mothers and Sons', Starring Tyne Daly, Opens On Broadway March 24" Archived 2014-03-27 at the Wayback Machine, March 24, 2014
  3. ^ a b Brantley, Ben. "'Mothers and Sons,' an AIDS Tale Starring Tyne Daly The New York Times, March 24, 2014
  4. ^ Gioia, Michael. " 'Mothers and Sons' Packs Its Bags; Terrence McNally Play Closes June 22 on Broadway" Archived 2014-06-25 at the Wayback Machine, June 22, 2014
  5. ^ Zinman, Toby. "Review. 'Mothers and Sons', February 12, 2015
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Terrence McNally's 'Mothers and Sons' Will Play Philadelphia" Archived 2014-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, June 19, 2014
  7. ^ Mothers and Sons, accessed February 29, 2016
  8. ^ "'Mother and Sons' Press Release", accessed February 29, 2016
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  10. ^ Grossberg, Michael. "Theater review | 'Mothers and Sons': CATCO finds heart of family drama" The Columbus Dispatch, February 13, 2016
  11. ^ Haun Harry."‘Andre’s Mother’ Derides Again: Playwright Terrence McNally Revisits Old Sorrows and Finds a New Life", March 19, 2014
  12. ^ Jones, Chris. " 'Mothers and Sons' Broadway Review" Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2014
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew. "'All the Way', 'Mothers and Sons', 'After Midnight', 'Fun Home', 'Aladdin', 'Beautiful', 'Glass Menagerie', 'Lady Day' and More Are Drama League Nominees" Archived 2014-04-24 at the Wayback Machine, April 23, 2014
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. "2014 Annual Drama Desk Awards Nominations Announced; 'Gentleman's Guide' Earns 12 Nominations", April 25, 2014
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew. "68th Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced; 'Gentleman's Guide' Leads the Pack", April 29, 2014

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