Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?

by Adrienne Kennedy & Adam P. Kennedy
September 9 - 26, 2021
Directed by Baron Kelly


REGIONAL PREMIERE

THE PLAY


It’s the Swinging ‘60s in London, and American playwright Adrienne Kennedy finds herself among the rich and ultra-famous when she’s hired to write a stage version of John Lennon’s new book. Told in an interview-style conversation between Kennedy and her son, this autobiographical play shares her sense of awed wonder as she tries to hold her artistic ground in a patriarchal world of show business luminaries.


“Allows us effortless access into Adrienne’s memory, which has been painted with a loving faithfulness that makes London into newly explored territory... …the writing is impressively detailed and echoes with the same poetry of the prosaic that defines (her) best works.”
- Talkin' Broadway

THE ARTISTS


Featuring Marti Gobel & Jamaica Gobel

Scenic Designer: Kevin Gawley
Lighting Designer/Art Director: Kevin Gawley
Costume Designer: Jason Orlenko
Sound Designer/Composer: Christie Chiles Twillie
Props Master: Pam Miles
Dramaturg: Khalid Y. Long
Stage Manager: Sarah Deming-Henes
Asst. Stage Manager: Abbi Hess

PREVIEWS & REVIEWS


Forward Theater’s “Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?” is intimate and riveting
- By Ayomi Wolff | Madison365

John, Paul, George and me: Forward Theater's 'Meet The Beatles?' tells true story with verve and honesty
- By Rob Thomas | Madison.com/The Cap Times

In Search of Fame and Fortune: Adrienne Kennedy and Adam Kennedy’s “Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?
- By Dramaturg Khalid Y. Long, Ph.D. | Madison365

PRESHOW LECTURE W/ ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE KAREN MOELLER

Our preshow lectures are presented live on Thursdays (6:30pm) and Sundays (1:00pm) in the Playhouse lobby. You can also view a video of the lecture below, and dive deeper into the themes, history, and creation of our production. Click HERE for a transcript.




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SYMPOSIUM SERIES WITH DRAMATURG KHALID Y. LONG

Forward Theater is excited to host three unique symposiums with Dramaturg Khalid Y. Long, each one offering a deeper dive into Adrienne Kennedy's work, the 1960's, and the impact of Black women playwrights. Each discussion will be held virtually and is free to the public.

How to watch:

Watch using the viewer below, or join us on the Forward Theater Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Pro tip: if the viewer below does not begin broadcasting at the appropriate time, refresh this web page and click "play" again.


Discussion 1: Adrienne Kennedy and Black Women Playwrights
Participants: Sandra Adell, La Donna Forsgren, and Nicole Hodges Persley
Moderator: Khalid Y. Long, production dramaturg
Recorded on September 19th, 2021 - WATCH NOW

Discussion 2: Popular Culture and the 1960s
Participants: Donald Gagnon and Christen Mandracchia
(No formal moderator: Christen will pose questions and engage in dialogue with Donald)
Recorded on September 20th, 2021 - WATCH NOW

Discussion #3: Writing Ourselves into History: Black Women and Autobiographical Writing
Participants: Omiyemi Green and Joanne Braxton
Moderator: Khalid Y. Long, production dramaturg
September 21, 2021 | 5:00pm CST

ONE-ON-ONE WITH PLAYWRIGHT ADAM P. KENNEDY | WITH DRAMATURG KHALID Y. LONG


SPONSORS


Sponsored by: Custer Financial Services, SVA, Cap Times Idea Fest



LOCATION
The Playhouse at Overture Center
201 State Street, Madison, WI