“Mother Wove the Morning”

“In the beginning, on that primordial day, perhaps Mother wove the morning and Father made the evening … joyfully, together” says Narrator Carol Lynn Pearson during her opening remarks in “Mother Wove the Morning.” The production (originally done by the author as a one woman show in the 1990s) is still relevant today. Sixteen characters from the beloved land of a Paleolithic ancestress (played by Janae Winegarden) through the office of a modern-day therapist (Played by Eden Bodnar), dramatize women’s stories we may have never heard before.

“The Mother Goddess is virtually universal as the dominant figure in the most ancient stories … the female force was recognized as awesome, powerful, transcendent…We have seen how men appropriated and then transformed…the power of the Mother Goddess.” (From “The Creation of Patriarchy” by Garda Lerner). We are hoping our production serves as a warm welcome to The Great Mother of Us All.

As Julia, the Gnostic (who lived in 200 A.D. and is played by Debra Darby) tells us during her visit in the play “If you can see no femaleness in God, you will see nothing of God in the female.” Defending an act of theft, Rachel from the Old Testament (played by Julie Appel Duncan) explains how “… right after right has been stolen from me.” Nelah, the Midianite Virgin (performed by Ariel Bodnar-Klein) wonders why “They said our god was false and our god was evil and our god was a woman and theirs was the only true god and he hated the female god and said that men must rule over women.”

If these statements raise your interest, you will have an experience full of many, many more voices of the past that instruct us in how to transform to a world more healthy for the male and the female. We also hear from Amenpshut, the Egyptian (played by Emily Newberg), “Mad” Lydia (Catherine Grotenhuis), Io the Greek (Joan Potter), Paula the Christian (Judith Jopp), Genevieve the Witch (Sharon Mullin), Running Cloud (Marcia Novak), Emma Smith, wife of famous Morman Joseph Smith (Sally Kimmes), American feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Sue Schmidt), a Nazi woman named Hilda (Julie Francel-Nelson) and her childhood friend, a Jew named Rebecca (Karin Bodin).

One Unity member, on hearing about the performance (slated for May 10 at 7 PM and May 11 at 2 PM), said he was eager to buy tickets as Mother’s Day gifts for his daughters.  An excellent idea. Please plan to join us. This show is for men and women who are seeking to make this world a better place for us all. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online or between services as of April 28 for $15. Because of Strong sexual and violent images being explored, children under 13 years of age should not attend.

I have had the great honor of directing and acting in this play (as the narrator) and would be honored by your presence.

–Ann Salt