Motherhood Out Loud is a series of monologues about motherhood conceived by writers/producers Susan Rose and Joan Stein and written by some well-established playwrights including Lisa Loomer (Girl, Interrupted), Luanne Rice and Cheryl West and David Cale (actor in the Montana-made film The Slaughter Rule). It’s been staged with actors such as Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”).
The Missoula production is directed by Rosie Ayers, known for her acting and comedic performances. It features an all-star local cast with Carmen Corona, Kelly Bouma, Kendra Potter Mylnechuk , Robin Rose-Rice, Laramie Dean-Young and others who have proven their mettle when it comes to topics that mix humor with pain. The stories here deal in some of the same ideas and jokes you find on mom blogs everywhere these days. But the diversity of experiences—from stepmothers to military families—helps round out some of the more commonly shared themes.
Motherhood Out Loud was brought to Missoula by Mamalode, a locally based magazine that deals explicitly in the artful honesty of talking about parenting. The most recent issue features Motherhood Out Loud actor Morgan Armstad talking about the not-so-happy moment she found out she was pregnant, the isolation and the longing for the old freedom she had before motherhood—and how all of that changed. Raw storytelling is what Mamalode does best. And Motherhood Out Loud is a live-action embodiment of the same kind of roller-coaster journey. —Erika Fredrickson