Some great ideas are born sitting in any one of the Hamilton area’s cool coffee spots.
One cold January morning, longtime Dundas resident Nancy Watt was having coffee with other mothers at Detour Café and the laughter over the hilarity of motherhood became infectious.
Other tables got in on the action, shared funny stories and soon everyone was in stitches. This is how Mama Drama, a comedy production, was conceived.
Watt is an alumnus of Toronto’s Second City Improv and Writing Conservatory Program and a regular improviser at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton.
Her first produced show, Mama Drama, is a sketch comedy and improv show that runs for one night only, on Mother’s Day, 7 p.m. at the Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N.
Tickets are available at www.ticketscene.ca and only 60 seats are available in the 100-year-old building.
Proceeds from the show will go to St. Joseph’s Foundation, with a tacky but lovingly crafted macaroni brooch going to every mother in the audience.
In addition to sketch comedy scenes, Mama Drama uses a process called playback theatre, where someone in the audience tells a moment or story from their life and chooses the actors to play the different roles. Those present then watch the enactment as the story comes to life with artistic shape and nuance. Mothers are invited to fill out a questionnaire before the show, then several audience members will be interviewed onstage. For more information, call 905-529-3000 or producer Nancy Watt directly at 905-870-7488 or firstname.lastname@example.org