MOM Cast Members Q&A #2

ERICA MCDERMOTT

(Note about the photo:  All Moms have “that look” they give their kids that means “stop it… right now” … apparently… this is my “look” This photo was captured, last year, by my girls after they asked me  -for the 3rd time- to take them to The Derby Street Chipotle at noon on Black Friday.)

What, if anything, is funny about motherhood to you?

I find it funny when I truly see my quirks in my own kids, it’s even funnier when I truly see my mother’s quirks in myself. 

What’s your favorite curse word as a mother?

Although it’s not considered a King Curse Word “friggin” has been my favorite to bring immediate attention to the severity of what I’m trying to say. It’s not bad enough to get me thrown out of a meeting, but strong enough to capture most audiences. I’ve said it in front of my kids … when it had to be said.. so many times I can’t count.

 Share three words that describe you as a mother.

Energetic

Unconditional

Determined

What’s a recent Bad Mom moment?

I recently had filled out a 2 sided permission slip using a royal blue sharpie. It bled through making the words almost illegible, let alone it looked like I may have written it using my feet. I was in a rush…. ask me if I cared. It got there on time didn’t it?

Erica McDermott is a cast member in ‘The Best of The MOMologues‘ staged reading performance at Company Theatre on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm, to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. http://www.companytheatre.com

 

Spotlight on MOM cast members – The Q&A that Tells It Like It Is

LAURA PIZZUTI

What, if anything, is funny about motherhood to you?

How you think that when your kids are babies that they are hard. Then they get older and get way harder and you start having to think about how old you were when you got your first kiss or when you first drank alcohol or when you got your period. And you know you are more fucked than you have ever been before. Shit just got real.

Share three words that describe you as a mother.

Wicked fucking cool

What’s your favorite curse word as a mother? How many times have you uttered it in front of your children?

Shit. A fucking shitload.

In a few sentences, what’s a recent Bad Mom moment?

When I come home wasted and try to act like I’m not while I’m nuking nachos in the microwave. Meanwhile my daughter is telling me I’m drunk and I’m telling her not to speak to me that way (while hiccuping and maybe with some cheese on my chin)

Laura Pizzuti will be onstage as part of ‘The Best of The MOMologues‘ cast at Company Theatre, Norwell, MA on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm.  http://www.companytheatre.com

I’m Still Relevant

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By Stefanie Cloutier

As my kids have gotten older, I have become less critical to their everyday survival. I expected this to happen. What I didn’t expect was to become invisible. They don’t seem able to see me wiping up crumbs right in front of them, or unloading the dishwasher. I can in fact go whole days without hearing a word exchanged between us unless I initiate it. For all intents and purposes, I am a non-person, not worthy of notice.

Until I start to walk toward the door with an overnight bag on my shoulder. Then suddenly it’s the Spanish Inquisition.

“You’re leaving?? Where??”

“How long will you be gone?”

“Is there ice cream in the freezer?” This last from the teen boy who still believes that fairies come in at night and clean up his ice cream detritus.

(Side note: if you haven’t seen this video about the magic laundry basket, go right now and watch it. I’ll wait.)

Mind you, these are children in college and high school. They have licenses, jobs, and a calendar full of social activities. My leaving should have little to no impact on their lives, especially since my husband is a far better cook than I am. I’m usually only going for a night or two, but they behave as if I’m moving out of state.

And it’s especially fascinating given that all they think it’s necessary to tell me is that they’re going “out,” “with friends,” and will return “by curfew.” If I find out anything, it’s usually by accident.

So recently, while on my way out to run an errand, I casually asked my son what his plans were for the day. I was expecting him to say, “nothing,” so was surprised when he said, “I’m thinking of going swimming with some friends.”

I stopped in my tracks. This is not something he usually does, so it merited further inquiry. I knew I had only about three questions before getting The Glare, so I stuck with the basics: who was he going with, where was he swimming, and when would he be back. He answered: this afternoon, with a girl he’d dated a few times, and at a river I’d never heard of. “We’re jumping off a bridge,” he added.

Now he absolutely had my attention. “How high a bridge?” I asked. “Thirty feet?” he said, clearly unsure, then seeing the look of horror on my face, amended his answer. “Ten feet? Five?”

The point, I explained, wasn’t to give me an answer designed to make me feel better. The point was for me to know the ACTUAL height so I could know just how freaked out I needed to be.

I had exceeded my questioning capacity, and he was exasperated. “Why are you so uptight?” he fumed. To which I replied, “It’s called parenting.”

Fortunately, in these days of Google, whatever info my children are hesitant to give up can easily be found with a few keystrokes. In a matter of minutes I discovered the whereabouts of the bridge, called the local police department, and asked exactly how high this bridge was, if this was a known activity, and if the river was deep enough to not cripple my kid for life.

My son was incredulous. I was triumphant.

Satisfied with their answers, I gave him the car keys and permission to go. And now he knows that not only am I NOT invisible, I’m still a force to be reckoned with.

About Us

The MOMologues Series was launched in 2002 with when our original comedy about motherhood was produced in Boston for a three-week sold out run.

Fourteen years later, and three more plays later, our kids have grown and flown, our show has spread its own wings and has been produced in 15 states and 5 countries, and donations have been raised through many benefits that support moms and children.

For more on our shows, check out our website at MOMologues.com,  find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/theMOMologues) and Twitter @TheMOMologues.

Pictured:  The cast of the most recent ‘Best of The MOMologues‘ benefit performance:  Erica McDermott, Paula Markowcz, Stefanie Cloutier and Sue Brady (in front).

Photo by Diane Anton Photography.