Presenting: Performing Motherhood/“Overactive Letdown” by Gina Montet

Saturday, March 16th, 7-9 pm

Performing Motherhood: Confronting toxic myths and post-postpartum mental health with humor and truth-telling. 
An evening of performance and discussion,
featuring the the world premiere of playwright Gina Montet’s script
“Overactive Letdown”

cfpa is delighted to host a workshop and performance of Gina Montet’s ground-breaking script, “Overactive Letdown.” Montet, director Jennie Ward, and a professional cast of actors will assemble for a brief workshop, diving deep into the play’s fantastical structure and authentic storytelling of two critical human experiences: becoming a parent and living with mental illness. On Saturday, March 16th, at 7 pm, the artists will present a public reading of the script. This reading will be deepened by the workshop process, where the playwright, director, and actors will investigate creative choices that can open up the story to audiences from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and experiences. A professional mental health provider will guide the audience and artists through a conversation about our own experiences of parenthood/being parented, and the realities of living (and parenting) with mental illness. These multiple paths into the story support both artists and audiences who seek broad representation and deepened experience in art works and in their daily lives. 

A graduate of the University of Miami, Gina Montet has been active in South Florida theater for almost twenty years as a writer, director and actor. Gina began her career as a playwright in 1998 with her musical, “Little Fire,” at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, where she continued to write and direct for eight seasons. Among her many successful works are her environmental education and literacy incentive plays for young audiences, which have been touring Florida since 2000 and continue to entertain and educate tens of thousands of Florida students each year. Recently, Gina was a featured playwright in the Florida Atlantic University Theatre Lab New Play Festival and is currently a resident of the Miami Dade Department Cultural Affairs Playwright Development Program. An experienced educator, Gina shares her talents with several schools and theaters in Miami where she teaches Theatre Arts and Film Production.

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Advance reservations are encouraged.

cfpa’s ReClaim series is an assembly space to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.