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‘The Madres’ Pays Tribute To Argentina’s Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo

Left to right: Cast members of

Credit: Jennifer Eve Thorn

Above: Left to right: Cast members of "The Madres," Sandra Ruiz, Maria Gonzalez Laura Jimenez in an undated photo.

‘The Madres’: The Story Behind Argentina’s Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo


Stephanie Alison Walker, playwright, "The Madres"

Jennifer Eve Thorn, artistic director, Moxie Theatre


Mother’s Day is usually about flowers, brunches and gift baskets.

But there’s another side of motherhood that’s not sweet and flowery — it’s strong, determined and powerful.

That’s the side on view this Mother’s Day weekend at Moxie Theatre’s production of “The Madres.”

The Madres

When: May 13-June 10

Where: Moxie Theatre

Cost: $15-$40

The play is based on the story of The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose children disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship in the late 1970’s. “The Madres” chronicles a mother’s quest to find her pregnant daughter who has been missing for twelve weeks. The search intensifies after she gets a strange visit from one of her daughter’s former classmates.

“When I wrote this play I made it specifically about Argentina. But also I wanted it to parallel other stories around the world," said Stephanie Alison Walker, who wrote the play. “We as women have the ability to use our voices…to make sure we don’t fall asleep on our own rights. This play leaves people with hope and the hope is that women are strong, we are resilient and we will do whatever it takes.”

“The Madres” is part of a partnership between Moxie Theatre and the National New Play Network. Several theatres around the country are staging their own production of the play.

Walker and Jennifer Eve Thorn, artistic director at Moxie Theatre, discuss Thursday on Midday Edition the ties between today’s women’s marches and Argentina’s women led protests.


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