“Home for Mom” - an uplifting musical about a residential care facility. Through music and song staff and their families debate the best way to prepare for the end of life. Post discussion included.
Have you ever been to the hospital with a sick family member or friend? You trudge though a mountain of paper work, deal with exhausted nurses, doing their best, yet can only quote the hospital policies. All the while you are trying NOT to get what is flowing out of the orifices of the others in the waiting room…you break into song…wait that is the opening to the musical, "Home for Mom", This project is full of normal family conflict, realistic warmth and humor, and strives to empower all of us to plan for their own best end of life situation while living each day to the fullest. “Home for Mom” tells a heartfelt story with music that shows the sadness and the hope. Why a musical? Well it makes a hard topic palatable-sometimes when are feelings are so deep, music is the only way we can express ourselves.
Watch a live presentation of the last 6 episodes of the musical and join in a panel discussion with several cast members and family practitioners on dealing with the challenges of end of life issues.
Discuss the power of family, how grief affects us all and connect with community though shared experiences. "Home for Mom" reminds us- we are not alone.
Watch the first 6 (award- winning) episodes at www.homeformom.online and join us on Mother's Day for the video of the live reading.
Camara Rauen-MentaliTea Podcast-www.camararauen.com
Eloise Coopersmith- www.eloisecoopersmith.com
Deni Phinney- Chief Enlightenment Officer/Blessing Within
Rhonda Mason- Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Mary Mendelsohn- Executive Director Quality, Patient Safety and Risk City of Hope
Sara Guerrero: Artist Director Breath of Fire Latina Theater Cohort
From the cast:
Deborah Robin, Crissy Guerrero
On Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, playwright Eloise Coopersmith and her talented ensemble held a staged reading of Act II of "Home for Mom" at The Frida Cinema in Downtown Santa Ana, CA. Produced in partnership with Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and funded by the City of Santa Ana’s Investing in the Artist grant program, this special event was filmed by Michael Padill and edited by Elnar Mukhamedyarov.
CAST & CREW - Directors: Yolanda Mendiveles and Camara Rauen Book/Lyrics Writer: Eloise Coopersmith Composer: Wayne Moore & Steve Hill Cast, In order of appearance: Ellen: Sally Stevens Jean: Lisa Dyson Mack: Ben Horowitz Davis: Philip Rodriguez Maggie: Renee Wylder Dee: Crissy Guerrero Dr Anna: Deborah Robin Marty: Richard Soto Rosa: Denise Blasor Mike: Scott Seiffert Radio Producer: Anne Montavon