Meet the Director of Mothers and Sons: Joyce Maltby
Joyce has spent her life in theatre, starting out as a 7-year-old at the Actors Company of Chicago where she studied and performed for 11 years. Her extensive career has taken her to many places in the United States as an actor, director and teacher. Except for an eight-year hiatus in the 1970s, Hawaii has been her home since 1962 where she has acted and directed for MVT, DHT, ACT, UH-Manoa and HPU. At the 1998 Po’okela award ceremony sponsored by the Hawaii State Theatre Council, she was honored with the Pierre Bowman Lifetime Achievement Award and has been the recipient of 20 Po’okela Awards over the years for acting and directing. After nine years teaching acting and directing at the University of Hawaii, in 1992 Joyce founded the theatre program at Hawaii Pacific University where she was a Professor and Director of Theatre for 23 years, at the helm of 51 productions. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.Directors Notes
To be accepted for who and what we are, as long as we are not evil doers, should be an inalienable right. But to have unacceptance be between a mother and son is tragic. In Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, it is all the more painful when one of them is deceased…in this case the son, Andre. For the mother, Katherine, the double tragedy of losing one’s child and to have that happen before there could be reconciliation is devastating.
In terms of the LGBT world, we have made progress from the time of Andre’s death in the early 1990s to the present day. But as I write this on the day after the hideous tragedy in Orlando, I am again struck with how far we still need to go. However, McNally does bring into this story a child, and I am reminded of the perceptive song from Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”, the lyrics of which begin, “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear…”
With this child in McNally’s play, I realize that there is hope.
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Mothers & Sons runs July 8 – 31st. Purchase tickets online at http://www.taghawaii.net or 808-722-6941