Pygmalion Productions is a Salt Lake City based theater company that produces theater that reflects issues, concerns and shared experiences in the lives of women. In this time of daily loss, struggle and suffering across the world, we want to remind you that the arts can fire minds, warm souls, dazzle and delight. We will want them to be there in times ahead, for us and especially for our children. As Ashley Wheater told us, "Live art, the magic of the theater, is one of the few things that can bring total strangers together in unique harmony, reminding us of our humanity."


Writing about a historical event—even an innocuous historical event—offers plenty of challenges. For playwright Debora Threedy, taking on the tragic, controversial "Mountain Meadows Massacre" offered a chance to think not just about a historical event itself, but how people process it years after the fact. Threedy's world-premiere play Mountain Meadows takes its title and its launch point from the September 1857 attack on an emigrant wagon train in Utah by Mormon settlers, and the subsequent attempts to blame the murder on Native Americans and generally cover it up. Its focus, however, is not on portraying those events themselves, but instead on two women dealing with the aftermath: Nita, inspired by historian Juanita Brooks, who's researching the event; and Miranda, a survivor of the attack looking into her family's involvement.

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Our 2022-23 season

Mother, Mother 11/4 22 to 11/19/22 by Julie Jensen Mountain Meadows 2/17/23 to 3/4/23 by Deborah Threedy Near Mint 4/28/23 to 5/13/23 by Lane Richins

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City Weekly calls “Mother, Mother” a terrific exploration of a woman facing the impediments of her era.

Baum’s performance provides the biggest jolt of energy in Mother, Mother, spanning decades from precociously dramatic adolescent to melancholy senior. It’s a terrific exploration of a woman facing the impediments of her era, and becomes the fulcrum in a compelling look at mother-daughter relationships—specifically, the way even a woman who felt limited by the expectations of her own mother can’t help doing the same thing to her own daughter. And there’s a solid subplot in the relationship between Annie and her childhood friend Martha Hughes (Tamara Howell)—who went on to become the first woman elected to the Utah state senate—related to the shifting opportunities available to women as the century turned. Jensen attempts to cover perhaps a few too many topics along the way, from abortion access to Maude’s gender-bending proclivities, but the heart of Mother, Mother remains anchored in the tug of war between what women dream of doing, and what they feel “allowed” to do. And along the way, it reveals something of a corollary to Tolstoy’s quote: Even within the same unhappy family, from generation to generation, that unhappiness might become different.

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