Conceptual note: Our collective playwriting/performing ensemble, Amy Ackerman, Zora Iman Crews, Jordan Ho, and Kristin Rose Kelly, has been working on documentary plays as an ensemble since 2017. During this time, we would talk about our mothers and their stage worthy voices. At first, we were simply delighted by their idiolects and quotable moments. But we soon realized that documenting our mothers’ stories and embodying that story as their queer children could be powerful. The four of us decided on a first set of interview questions, then each interviewed our diva matriarchs. As we continue to develop this project, we are exploring how theatre can preserve and unearth lineage stories and how through the art we can examine our relationships and build our own queer maternal futures.
Moms & The Cast
Amy Ackerman (they/them/theirs) is an interdisciplinary creative capacity builder, body advocate and songstrex. They are a company member of Honest Accomplice Theatre, serve on the Artistic Committee for the National Queer Theatre and are a regular performer with the Mondays Collective at Club Cumming in the East Village. Zora Iman Crews (she/her/hers) is an Atlanta born, New York City raised actress and writer. She is a proud LaGuardia High School and Syracuse University graduate. She enjoys writing free verse and prose poetry, essays, as well as dialogue and creating characters. Jordan Ho (xe/xem/xyr) is a Brooklyn based theatre artist and educator. Acting credits: Angel in RENT (Secret Theatre), STONE (Corkscrew Theatre Festival), The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged (Honest Accomplice Theatre). Xe is also a company member of Monday’s in the Club with Lance at Club Cumming. Kristin Rose Kelly (she/her/hers)is a Brooklyn based queer director and documentary playwright with a MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue from Virginia Tech. She is a former Artist in Residence at University Settlement and her documentary play about women in Engineering, A Chip On Her Shoulder, has been produced at colleges and universities across the Northeast.
Éamon Boylan (they/them/theirs) is a New York City based director, creator, and composer whose recent and upcoming projects include Soft Butter (Ars Nova, Musical Theatre Factory), Waafrika 123 (National Queer Theater), Container (dev. at WP/Public Theater, Rattlestick), Memorial (The Lark, LPAC), Now Lie In It (New Ohio), MOM BABY GOD (STAC), and The Rite of Spring (American Theater Company/CORE Series). They have incubated work with resident artists at LCT3/Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, BAM, the O’Neill, Joe’s Pub, Clubbed Thumb, Birdland, Playwrights Horizons Downtown, Studio Theatre, NYU Tisch, IRT, Dixon Place, and elsewhere.
Advanced studies in directing at The National Theater Institute and SDCF after independent research with Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Folger Library Institute. A Trans Lab Fellow alum, Éamon is a 2020 Sokoloff Arts Resident, a 2019-20 MTC Directing Fellow, member of The Ring of Keys, and a Resident Playwright at Lincoln Center Theater.