Memory House

Memory House
by Kathleen Tolan

Productions (35)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 2 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Working sink; working oven and stove; counter or table; couch; shelves.

Memory House
by Kathleen Tolan

(2)
Productions (35)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 2 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Working sink; working oven and stove; counter or table; couch; shelves.

One winter night a woman bakes a pie as a girl tries to finish her college essay. As the deadline looms, unexamined issues of the girl's adoption from Russia, the rupture of her parents divorce, and the fear of leaving home break through the surface as the mother cajoles, deflects, and maneuvers around her own feelings of sadness and loss. Unfolding in real time, Memory House is about a young and an older woman who are forced to grapple with the past as they face an uncertain future. A funny and moving story about the complexity of living in the world today.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

One winter night a woman bakes a pie as a girl tries to finish her college essay. As the deadline looms, unexamined issues of the girl's adoption from Russia, the rupture of her parents divorce, and the fear of leaving home break through the surface as the mother cajoles, deflects, and maneuvers around her own feelings of sadness and loss. Unfolding in real time, Memory House is about a young and an older woman who are forced to grapple with the past as they face an uncertain future. A funny and moving story about the complexity of living in the world today.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 2 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Working sink; working oven and stove; counter or table; couch; shelves.

Published Reviews

"A captivating emotional ballet that is also a moving demonstration of the strenuous work that goes into good mothering."

The New York Times

"Tolan nails the mother-daughter negotiation."

Sarah Hart, American Theatre Magazine

"[Tolan's] writing sings with a welcome candor and poetic realism."

Anne Marie Welsh, San Diego Union-Tribune

"Watching Memory House you feel like you have a window into a real relationship, and it's worth watching."

CityBeat (Cincinnati)

"This glowingly written play by Kathleen Tolan may remind you of why we go to the theater in the first place."

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Production History

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APR 20, 2017 - APR 22, 2017
Miami University Hamilton Theatre
Hamilton, OH United States
Miami University Hamilton Theatre Hamilton, OH United States
SEP 05, 2016 - SEP 05, 2016
N/A
Fresno, CA United States
N/A Fresno, CA United States
NOV 20, 2015 - NOV 22, 2015
Drama Studio
Springfield, MA United States
Drama Studio Springfield, MA United States
OCT 22, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Shaw High School
Columbus, GA United States
Shaw High School Columbus, GA United States
JUL 29, 2015 - AUG 09, 2015
Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA United States
Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA United States
JUL 29, 2015 - AUG 09, 2015
Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA United States
Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA United States
FEB 20, 2015 - FEB 21, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO United States
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO United States
AUG 07, 2014 - AUG 09, 2014
Westford Academy Theater Arts
Westford, MA United States
Westford Academy Theater Arts Westford, MA United States
MAR 28, 2014 - APR 06, 2014
UDM Theatre Company
Detroit, MI United States
UDM Theatre Company Detroit, MI United States
NOV 09, 2013 - NOV 09, 2013
The Merc Playhouse
Twisp, WA United States
The Merc Playhouse Twisp, WA United States
SEP 20, 2013 - SEP 21, 2013
The Merc Playhouse
Twisp, WA United States
The Merc Playhouse Twisp, WA United States
JAN 17, 2013 - FEB 10, 2013
Main Street Theater
Houston, TX United States
Main Street Theater Houston, TX United States
OCT 25, 2012 - NOV 18, 2012
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell, MA United States
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell, MA United States
FEB 03, 2012 - FEB 25, 2012
Oil Lamp Theater
Chicago, IL United States
Oil Lamp Theater Chicago, IL United States
FEB 04, 2010 - FEB 06, 2010
Marshall University Theatre
Huntington, WV United States
Marshall University Theatre Huntington, WV United States
AUG 12, 2009 - SEP 05, 2009
The Vineyard Playhouse
Vineyard Haven, MA United States
The Vineyard Playhouse Vineyard Haven, MA United States
APR 10, 2008 - APR 19, 2008
Portland State University-Department Of Theater Arts
Portland, OR United States
Portland State University-Department Of Theater Arts Portland, OR United States
FEB 13, 2008 - MAR 01, 2008
Flashpoint Theatre Company
Philadelphia, PA United States
Flashpoint Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA United States
FEB 03, 2008 - FEB 03, 2008
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company
Eugene, OR United States
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company Eugene, OR United States
JAN 11, 2008 - FEB 02, 2008
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company
Eugene, OR United States
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company Eugene, OR United States
NOV 30, 2007 - JAN 06, 2008
Trinity Repertory Company
Providence, RI United States
Trinity Repertory Company Providence, RI United States
JUN 28, 2007 - JUN 28, 2007
Utah Contemporary Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT United States
Utah Contemporary Theatre Salt Lake City, UT United States
MAR 16, 2007 - APR 15, 2007
TheatreZone
Chelsea, MA United States
TheatreZone Chelsea, MA United States
NOV 16, 2006 - DEC 17, 2006
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle, WA United States
Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle, WA United States
OCT 05, 2006 - OCT 22, 2006
Renaissance Theaterworks
Milwaukee, WI United States
Renaissance Theaterworks Milwaukee, WI United States
AUG 10, 2006 - AUG 27, 2006
The Women's Theatre Project
Sunrise, FL United States
The Women's Theatre Project Sunrise, FL United States
AUG 03, 2006 - AUG 20, 2006
Phoenix Theatre
Indianapolis, IN United States
Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis, IN United States
JUL 14, 2006 - JUL 25, 2006
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN United States
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN United States
JUN 30, 2006 - AUG 03, 2006
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Holland, MI United States
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Holland, MI United States
JAN 21, 2006 - JAN 21, 2006
Washington High School
Washington, IA United States
Washington High School Washington, IA United States
JUL 29, 2015 - AUG 09, 2015
Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA United States
Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA United States
SEP 01, 2005 - SEP 30, 2005
Victory Gardens Theatre
Chicago, IL United States
Victory Gardens Theatre Chicago, IL United States
APR 01, 2005 - APR 30, 2005
Playwrights Horizons
New York, NY United States
Playwrights Horizons New York, NY United States
MAR 01, 2005 - MAR 31, 2005
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Louisville, KY United States
Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville, KY United States
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970

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JUL 29, 2015 - AUG 09, 2015
Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA United States
Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA United States
JUL 29, 2015 - AUG 09, 2015
Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA United States
Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA United States
JAN 17, 2013 - FEB 10, 2013
Main Street Theater
Houston, TX United States
Main Street Theater Houston, TX United States
OCT 25, 2012 - NOV 18, 2012
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell, MA United States
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell, MA United States
AUG 12, 2009 - SEP 05, 2009
The Vineyard Playhouse
Vineyard Haven, MA United States
The Vineyard Playhouse Vineyard Haven, MA United States
FEB 13, 2008 - MAR 01, 2008
Flashpoint Theatre Company
Philadelphia, PA United States
Flashpoint Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA United States
NOV 30, 2007 - JAN 06, 2008
Trinity Repertory Company
Providence, RI United States
Trinity Repertory Company Providence, RI United States
JUN 28, 2007 - JUN 28, 2007
Utah Contemporary Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT United States
Utah Contemporary Theatre Salt Lake City, UT United States
MAR 16, 2007 - APR 15, 2007
TheatreZone
Chelsea, MA United States
TheatreZone Chelsea, MA United States
NOV 16, 2006 - DEC 17, 2006
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle, WA United States
Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle, WA United States
OCT 05, 2006 - OCT 22, 2006
Renaissance Theaterworks
Milwaukee, WI United States
Renaissance Theaterworks Milwaukee, WI United States
AUG 10, 2006 - AUG 27, 2006
The Women's Theatre Project
Sunrise, FL United States
The Women's Theatre Project Sunrise, FL United States
AUG 03, 2006 - AUG 20, 2006
Phoenix Theatre
Indianapolis, IN United States
Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis, IN United States
JUL 14, 2006 - JUL 25, 2006
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN United States
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN United States
JUN 30, 2006 - AUG 03, 2006
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Holland, MI United States
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Holland, MI United States
JUL 29, 2015 - AUG 09, 2015
Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA United States
Chester Theatre Company Chester, MA United States
SEP 01, 2005 - SEP 30, 2005
Victory Gardens Theatre
Chicago, IL United States
Victory Gardens Theatre Chicago, IL United States
APR 01, 2005 - APR 30, 2005
Playwrights Horizons
New York, NY United States
Playwrights Horizons New York, NY United States
MAR 01, 2005 - MAR 31, 2005
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Louisville, KY United States
Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville, KY United States