Night of the Living Moms kicks off at Free Street!

Have you ever felt like motherhood is a nightmare? Is there a monster-in-law in your closet? Does your skin begin to scale when things do go to plan? Have you ever been told you can’t be a parent and have a career? “Night of the Living Moms!” is an interdisciplinary showcase featuring artists seeking to explore the tension between being a mother and being an artist through stories, monologues, and performances. We even have some Living Dads!

Lani Montreal has curated a gathering of voices over the course of 6 engagements. Throughout the festival, you will be taken on a journey of poetry, monologues, and performances by diverse artists using the Free Street Theater spaces including:Nikki Patin, Keli Stewart, Silvita Diaz Brown, RoiAnn Phillips, Anida Yoeu Ali, Meida Teresa McNealSharmili MajmudarAmelia ChiHawksfan, Joey Lovien Flores,Daisy Castro, Carole Heath (Beth Power),and Ingrid Byrd.

Also, as part of the festival, the community is invited to share their stories of parenthood or familial journeys in an interactive format. FREE child co-programming will also be available on the Saturday Community Days.

Show dates are May 18-27
Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays* at 2pm (FREE co-programming for children)
All shows at Free Street are pay-what-you-can at the door. For advance tickets, visit
About the Artist:
Lani T. Montreal is a Filipina educator, writer, performer, and community activist based in Chicago. Her writings have been published and produced in Canada, the U.S., the Philippines, and in cyberspace. Among her plays are: Panther in the Sky, Gift of Tongue, Looking for Darna, Alien Citizen, Grandmother and I, and Sister OutLaw. She is the recipient of the 2015 3Arts Djerassi Residency Fellowship for Playwriting, 2008 3Arts Ragdale Residency Fellowship, the 2001 Samuel Ostrowsky Award for her memoir Summer Rain, and the 1995 JVO Philippine Award for Excellence in Journalism for her environmental expose Poison in the River. Lani holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She teaches writing at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and writes a blog called Fil-in-the-gap. ( She lives (and loves) in Albany Park, Chicago with her multi-species, multi-cultural family.


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