My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother – The Public Theatre

My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother – The Public Theatre


– Hi, my name’s Elizabeth Peavey. I live in Portland. I’m a Maine native and
I am the performer and author of ‘My Mother’s
Clothes Are Not My Mother’. (soothing music) The show is basically
spurred, it’s a true story, it’s spurred by the death of my mother and the fact that I am now saddled with all of her possessions,
specifically clothing. And in the course of
going through her things, memories are triggered and
periods of my childhood and our relationship come to light. – You’re going to relate to something going on in the show. So it strikes a very
powerful universal chord. This show gives a person permission to have, to be a human being. (defiant music) – [Elizabeth] It’s a show for everyone. I’ve had 10 year olds and 90
year olds in the audience. A lot of the stuff, as
painful as it is, it’s funny. You know, the bodily functions
and crap in the attic and all of that stuff, that stuff is funny and ultimately this is
about the human condition and about how difficult it is knowing how to be a human being. – It’s hard to care for someone. It’s hard to love another person and I think we all relate
to that on some level. And it’s done in a very entertaining way. It’s an experience. It is a tough subject
tackled with a lot of humor and I think we love that
because that’s what’s human. (defiant music)

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