About the Play

MotherStruck! sets forth Staceyann Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a “serious, stable financial set up,” but wants to have a child. Told through Chin’s uniquely personal and poetic lens, this solo show explores how the process changed her life and how she makes peace with what she learns from this profound experience.  

"'MotherStruck!'...is a warm, political and often funny affirmation of endurance and personal happiness" - Chicago Tribune

"A heartwrenching and humorous interrogation into maternal inheritance and motherhood, 'MotherStruck!' swiftly moves from Chin's fleeing of her homeland to the birth of her daughter through an engaging and powerful narrative." - Windy City Times

"Chin is playful, coy, and magnetic onstage." - Chicago Reader

    • BuyTickets_240px (1)June 11 - July 17
    • Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Ave | Chicago, IL 60614 | 773.404.7336

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After all these cops shooting Black people on video, folks are still asking us to be patient. To wait. To wait. To wait again for justice. All I have for them is Nina Simone singing Mississippi Goddamn. This could be #CharlotteGoddamn or #FloridaGoddamn or #NewYorkCityGoddamn or #BaltimoreGoddamn where else am I missing? ... See MoreSee Less

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I feel like I should be doing more to stop this racist money hungry orange bigot from rising to power in the country I have chosen to live. I should be doing more.Trump is rising. And I'm becoming more and more frightened at tone of this presidential election. I need folks to remind me that a better world is possible. Is coming. And in many pockets of the world. Already here. Calling all radical progressive anti-racist writers/activists believers in a better world that the one trump is advocating for! I'm in DC for the next month. And need to sit with folks who believe the same things. Or give a shoutout here. To remind me. Remind you. Remind us that even if you such up the all the air in the network tv media room- that we are creatures of the digital age. That we can take back the narrative. Hillary isn't perfect. We have trust issues with her. She doesn't read as warm as Pres. Obama. Nor does she speak with as much beautiful ease as Bill Clinton. She's not the cute white savior John F Kennedy played- no she is imperfect. And because she's a woman, she's had to be more steely than many of the men who have slight this office before her. So she's supported US wars, and been less than transparent. But show me what successful politician has not been that! Politics is dirty. And even the figures we admire have turned out to be deeply flawed when we look at them in totality. Why are we holding Hillary Clinton to a different standard. Is it because she is a woman? That she dared to crack the man cave. That she has held her own for so long that she can play their game. That she can beat many of them at it. That's is the biggest crime that Hillary has committed. She's proven herself to be as good as any man at this business of politics. So no- she's not the traditional smiling image of the grandmother or the mother we want to laud on mothers' day. She's not Elmo-esque or Barbie-like or Martha Stewart-ish (who went to jail- remember?) But no politician, no male politician has ever been that. I'm proudly voting for HRC this November. Because I cannot imagine Trump at the helm of the vessel of the country in which I live and love and dance and raise my daughter. I want my kid to see that women can break the mold of male power. If like my daughter to see a Madame president in this long line of white men in charge. So yea, I'm voting for Hillary this November. And I'm encouraging you to do the same. This election matters. If you don't think Trump's ignorance and unpredictability is dangerous look more closely at Pence. Look at what he feels about LGBT people or abortions or family or whatever. His whole joint is fucked up. And in the absence of any substantial knowledge and ideas from Trump, rest assured Pence will be governing. And that is frightening for me as a black person, as a woman, as an immigrant, as a lesbian, as a mother, as an artist, as a progressive thinker, as a single parent, as a person who believes we get closer to being our best selves when we appeal to the better parts of being human. I'm hyperventilating this morning- researching, googling, and letting myself imagine a Trump-Pence administration. It's frightening. Let's do something people. Let's take back this narrative. Let's get the media back on track. This is not a contest about who can be the most outrageous or racist or sexist or who can talk the loudest or who can tell the most lies uncontested. This is the competition for the person who will decide what our children will experience in the next four years. Let's tell this buffoon of a caricature that based on what he has already shown us, that he cannot represent us. #TakeAStand Take a picture. Share this post. Speak out. At home. At the dining table. At work. There are more of us than you think. #TakeAStand with us. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 10:34am
RT @staceyannchin: Bought tickets to @motherstruck in DC yet? Opens September 28!!! https://t.co/7NTnkhsBen
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 6:36am
RT @shelleemh: Can't wait! @MotherStruck debut on Wed. 9/28 @Studio_Theatre! A hilarious, intimate, & heart-shaking story by @staceyannchin
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 6:09am
RT @Studio_Theatre: Mark your calendars. @MotherStruck begins in a week. Get your tickets now. https://t.co/gXY2a79vf8
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 7:03am
RT @staceyannchin: @motherstruck at Dartmouth on Wednesday! See you there! https://t.co/yyIjvFYYVw
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 7:03am
RT @staceyannchin: Staceyann Chin performs @MotherStruck at Dartmouth college on Wednesday! https://t.co/gmrUFPwBPd


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Creative Team

Director: Cynthia Nixon Associate Director: Ron Russell Assistant Director: Shariffa Ali Production Stage Manager: Renee Alexander Technical Director/Production Manager: Nate Terracio Set Design: Kristen Robinson Lighting Design: Bradley King & Dante Olivia Smith Sound Design: Elisheba Ittoop Costume Design: Akua Murray Adoboe Press Requests: Lily Robinson & Patrick Lazour, O&M Co.