MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES – JONATHA BROOKE
Three Septembers ago I moved my mother to New York. She was in the mid stages of Alzheimer’s. I had no idea what I was getting in to. But there was no question I would be there for her.
We had quite an adventure – my “real life” on the back burner, my “career” all but halted. But our very vivid, very “real” life together was, at times, great theatre.
Mom was a character. In fact I’ve always thanked her on stage for all the good material. Ironically, in her last two years, she found her best audience ever – Me. She was funny, she was impossible. My only instinct: write it, sing it, tell it. It was her instinct too: Almost daily she would say, “Boolie, (my nickname) “That’s good! are you getting this down? We should make a play out of it!!”
Well I was getting it down. “My Mother Has Four Noses” is what came of it: A play and a new album of the songs that weave in and out of the telling.
After successful readings in New York, LA, Philly, and Chicago. “My Mother Has Four Noses” debuted at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT this past June. We did four shows at the Playwright’s Centre in Minneapolis this past summer; and had an incredible sold out show at the FRINGE FESTIVAL in Philly on September 11.
“4 Noses” will premier in NYC at the Duke on 42nd street theater. It’s a perfect, intimate atmosphere for the show.
“My Mother Has 4 Noses is my story, but it’s everyone’s story. I don’t know anyone who isn’t living some part of it themselves.
It’s a love story too, with all the attendant comedy and tragedy. And Mom would have insisted that I tell it. “After all,” she’d crack, “how many people do YOU know who can say they have FOUR noses?”