PlayLab: MOUNTAIN MAMASBuy Tickets
Directed by: Margaret Ledford
Genre: Play Reading
May. 7, 2023 - May. 7, 2023
Historic Arcade Theatre
by Daryl Lisa Fazio
Sunday, May 7 | 4 PM
Sponsored Judy Weiner
Tickets are $25 per reading or $120 for an all-access pass that includes admission to five readings plus the playwright’s panel. To purchase an ALL ACCESS PASS please call 239-332-4488 or visit our box-office
A moving and humor-filled portrait of women coal miners in West Virginia. Patsy Armstrong is a coal miner. Just like her daddy, Earl. And just like her mother, Wanda, who was one of the first women ever hired underground in a union mine – who’s still there at 60 years old. Patsy’s back in mother and daddy’s house after a mining accident that left her unable to move or communicate. When the family gets news about the settlement from Patsy’s accident, Livvy (her bright 18-year old daughter) jumps into the fray. And Patsy, now forced to listen and observe more than she ever did as a healthy person, is plagued by nightmares and revelations she’s able to share only with us. In this story of resilience and redemption, it doesn’t take long for Patsy to realize she has to learn a new way of being if she’s gonna save her entire world.
Daryl Lisa Fazio’s Split in Three was read in the inaugural PlayLab, and went on to have its world premiere at Florida Rep in 2015. This is Fazio’s 5th PlayLab appearance after The Flower Room (2017), Safety Net (2019), and being the keynote speaker in 2018.
About the Playwright
Daryl Lisa Fazio is a playwright based in Atlanta, GA. Off-Broadway: POPart: the Musical (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Greyhounds. Regional Productions: Safety Net (Theatrical Outfit world premiere, Penobscot Theatre), The Flower Room (Actor’s Express world premiere, Emory University commission), Split in Three (Aurora Theatre; Florida Repertory Theatre world premiere), and Freed Spirits (Horizon Theatre commission and world premiere). Academic productions and development: The Flower Room (Emory University Brave New Works); Lift and POPart: the Musical (both at Coastal Carolina University). Awards & Workshops: Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Barter Theatre Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, Florida Rep PlayLab, O’Neill Finalist and Semi-Finalist; Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist and Semi-Finalist; Alliance Theatre Reiser Artists Lab Residency; Official Selection, National Alliance of Musical Theatre; New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Selection. Daryl is also a professional actor and recently released her novel manuscript as a serial podcast called Pearl River Remains which she also performed. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, her MFA in graphic design from the University of Memphis, and is a professional member of the Dramatists Guild. www.darylsplays.com
† Member of Florida Repertory Theatre's Ensemble of Artists