Speakeysie News Desk – August 17, 2022
WOODSTOCK GA- Kicking off Woodstock Arts’ Season of Celebration is a comedy with dark edges that takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, how class impacts parenthood and friendship, and the ways mother’s are frequently forced to separate their identities. Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler follows Jessie, who is cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation. Jessie invites her funny and fascinating neighbor Lina – also a new mom – for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap-times- all the while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard.
When asked what she hopes audiences walk away with, director Megan Dominy said “I would love for an audience member to leave and wonder what else can we be doing as a community to support parents?” This show raises important questions that aren’t often talked about. How realistic are the expectations that new parents (particularly mothers) face? Can families juggle the expenses that a new baby brings with the time they demand? While there are no easy answers, this show lovingly provides a springboard for conversation deeper and more meaningful than the standard, “Are you getting any sleep?” It invites us to share our own fears and needs as parents, even if the need is simply to hear, “You are doing your best, and that is enough.”
Every show within our Season of Celebration highlights the points of celebration within our lives. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, Woodstock Arts wants to emphasize, illuminate – and yes, celebrate – the triumphs of the human spirit and what theatre can do for the individual and the community. Cry it Out is on stage at the Woodstock Arts Theatre in Downtown Woodstock for 3 weeks with shows Friday and Saturday with a Sunday matinee. It is recommended for ages 13+ due to language and subject matter.
ABOUT WOODSTOCK ARTS
Recipients of 9 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards, the theatre productions at Woodstock Arts bring professional and semi-professional talent to the greater northern Atlanta area.
Woodstock Arts provides performing arts productions, outdoor concerts, visual arts exhibits, cultural events, classes, and camps to and with the surrounding community. Woodstock Arts was formed to provide not only theatrical arts but visual arts, music, dance, and culinary arts. To do so, we collaborated with the City of Woodstock on acquiring a 4-acre property and green space to grow this vision.