Productions::'night, Mother


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Productions The play premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starring Kathy Bates as Jessie and Anne Pitoniak as Mama. This production opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre with the same cast and directed by Tom Moore on March 31, 1983, and closed on February 26, 1984, after 380 performances.

It received 4 Tony Award nominations: Best Play, Best Actress in a Play (both Bates and Pitoniak) and Best Director (Tom Moore). The play won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.<ref>Carmody, Deirdre. " 'Night Mother' Wins Pulitzer Drama Prize" April 19, 1983</ref>

The 1986 film version of the same name starred Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft as daughter and mother, respectively. Marsha Norman adapted her own play and wrote the screenplay. Tom Moore, who directed the play on Broadway, also directed the film. The film added more characters, whereas the play featured only two performers. The film received lukewarm reviews, although Bancroft received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress (Drama) in a Film.

A Broadway revival opened at the Royale Theatre on November 14, 2004, and closed on January 9, 2005, after 65 performances and 26 previews; it starred Edie Falco and Brenda Blethyn ans was directed by Michael Mayer.<ref name=ben>Brantley, Ben. "Review. Mother-Daughter Angst, With Death in the Wings" The New York Times, November 15, 2004</ref>

On March 12, 2010, the Mexican version titled "Buenas Noches, Mama" debuted starring Edith González as "Jessie" and Rosa Maria Bianchi as "Thelma".<ref>[1]</ref> The play has received rave reviews from critics and audiences and since its debut has had sold out shows.

In February 2014, it was reported that a Broadway revival starring Oprah Winfrey as Thelma and Audra McDonald as Jessie is in talks. The play would open on Broadway during the 2015-2016 season, with George C. Wolfe linked to direct.<ref>Gioia, Michael. "Will Oprah Winfrey Make Broadway Debut Opposite Audra McDonald in 'night, Mother?; 'Color Purple' Revival in the Works", February 6, 2014</ref>

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