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April 20, 2021 – Theatre Tuscaloosa’s SecondStage celebrates Mother’s Day this year with a live, virtual production of Motherhood Out Loud, May 7-9 on ShowTix4U.


Motherhood Out Loud features a series of vignettes for and about mothers, fathers, parents, and their children. From labor, to the first day of school, to having to say goodbye, these stories will make audiences laugh, and probably cry, in celebration of parents everywhere.


Written by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West, this play was conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein.


“I am thrilled to bring this show to the virtual stage,” says Theatre Tuscaloosa’s Board President, Dianna Brown Shaw, who is directing the production. “The pandemic has been tough for everyone, and research is showing that women – mothers in particular – have experienced the highest degree of disruption. This play acknowledges the joys, sorrows, challenges, and laughs that come with all forms of motherhood and parenting. I’m hopeful that this show, in the midst of one of the most challenging times many of us will ever live through, will remind us that we have a great deal in common and encourage us to be a little more generous with each other – and with ourselves.”


Cast members include Drew Baker, Justin Barnett, Amy Bramlett, Vickie Davis, Carol DeVelice, Jamie Shannon Ferguson Ertle, Melissa Grantham, Jessica Briana Kelly, Lacey Kriese, Paige Miller, Charles A. Morris, Kim Palm, and NorQuina Rieves.


The play contains adult language and situations, and is recommended for audiences over the age of 14. Viewer discretion is advised.


Motherhood Out Loud will be streamed as a live performance on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. Virtual tickets will be available starting April 30 and are $5 per household, per device.


The 2021 Spreading Joy Season is made possible by Shelton State Community College, City of Tuscaloosa, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Signature Sponsor Claire Friday, and individual donors. Patrons who support the Spreading Joy fundraising campaign with a gift of $75 or more are entitled to one complimentary stream per production.


More information about making a Spreading Joy donation and/or watching shows in the Virtual Season is available at or at 205.391.2277.



Theatre Tuscaloosa is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre located on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College. Theatre Tuscaloosa has been enriching the greater Tuscaloosa community since 1971 through quality theatrical productions and educational outreach.