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Burning Mom

Burning Mom

Expected to ship: 2023-04-25


After nearly
a year of mourning her husband’s death, sixtysomething Dorothy needs to feel
alive. So she pitches a road-trip idea to her family—attending Burning Man, the
massive arts festival known for its carefree nature that draws half a million
people, and she wants to drive there in the RV she had purchased with her
husband before he died. After she learns how to drive the RV and her family
gets over their shock, Dorothy’s son and his friend join her for her journey, sleeping
in parking lots along the way, visiting a sex shop for costumes, and showing
her around the massive, dusty grounds in Nevada. But once Dorothy starts to
explore alone, whether its finding hilarious chaos in the middle of a naked
bike ride parade or experiencing sweet solace and acceptance through art, she
learns that she can do more in life than she ever imagined.

This comical
play, which is based on author Mieko Ouchi’s mother’s own experiences, shows
that the search for courage and independence can be lighthearted even when
rooted in grief.