Mother May I

AN ODE TO THE FEMIMINE.
AN ODE TO THE
DIVINE.

A TV SHOW MADE
BY WOMEN, FOR WOMEN.
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"LUCID AND UNAPOLOGETIC."
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NOT THE TELEGRAPH
 
"INTOXICATING YET REFRESHING."
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NOT VARIETY
 
"A MISOGYNIST'S WET NIGHTMARE." 
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NOT THE GUARDIAN
 
"HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL." 
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NOT THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
"A STUNNING RECLAMATION."
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NOT THE INDEPENDANT
 
"A FEMINIST'S DAYDREAM."
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NOT NME
(ALSO A COMEDY)

The Characters 

The Story

- LOGLINE -

MARY, IN HER WORLD OF TOMBSTONES AND STRIPPERS, TRIES TO COME TO TERMS WITH HER FLEETING YOUTH AS HER DAUGHTER (EVES) PREPARES TO FLEE THE NEST.

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IN MOTHER MAY I, WE WITNESS THE GRADUAL DESTRUCTION OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE A SOLID RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A SINGLE, MIDDLE-AGED MOTHER AND HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER.  

 

THIS DOWNFALL IS THE RESULT OF MARY WITHHOLDING A SECRET FROM EVES - THIS SECRET BEING THAT MARY IS SEEKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A SURROGATE.

 

MARY  AND EVES TRY TO MAINTAIN THEIR ALMOST-RITUALISTIC ROUTINE (CEMETERY IN THE MORNING - STRIP CLUB IN THE EVENING) WHILST DISGUISING THE FACT THAT THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS ON THE VERGE OF RUINS.

- TREATMENT -

MARY

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MARY NEVER CONSIDERED HERSELF AS A MOTHER. EVEN NOW, WITH A DAUGHTER OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, MARY STILL HASN’T COME TO TERMS WITH THE TITLE.

 

EMPHASIS ON THE TITLE, ‘MOTHER’ – NOT THE ROLE.

 

MARY ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THE TITLE CAME WITH A SENSE OF AUTHORITY WHICH SHE NEVER RESONATED WITH – AND NEVER WILL, FOR SHE WISHES TO VIEW EVERYONE AS EQUAL. SHE NEVER FELT THAT SHE HAD THE RIGHT TO GOVERN A CHILD ON HOW THEY SHOULD NAVIGATE THIS WORLD – PERHAPS BECAUSE SHE HERSELF HASN’T FIGURED OUT HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS WORLD EITHER.

 

WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROLE, HOWEVER, MARY WAS BORN TO PLAY THE PART.

 

TECHNICALLY, EVES IS MARY’S ONLY CHILD. BUT FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, MARY HAS NUMEROUS DAUGHTERS – THESE DAUGHTERS BEING THE STRIPPERS AT THE CLUB MARY MANAGES. A LOT OF THESE WOMEN WERE OSTRACIZED BY THEIR FAMILIES BUT FOUND A SECOND HOME WITHIN MARY’S HEART.

EVES

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THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE EVES IS TO COMPARE HER TO A DANDELION THAT HAS BEEN SWEPT UP BY THE WIND’S CURRENT.

 

WISHFUL BUT LOST.

 

EVES HAS ALWAYS HAD AN IDEA OF WHOM SHE WANTED TO BE ONCE SHE WAS AN ADULT BUT NOW THAT ADULTHOOD HAS APPEARED ON HER FRONT DOORSTEP, SHE IS GETTING COLD FEET.

 

SHE DOUBTS WHETHER SHE IS READY TO LEAVE THE COMFORT OF FAMILIARITY.

 

(THE COMFORT OF BEING WITH HER MOTHER, MARY).

 

HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO THIS COMFORT THAT IS PROPELLING EVES OUT THE DOOR. EVES HAS ALWAYS FELT LIKE THE UMBILICAL CORD THAT ONCE TIED HER AND HER MOTHER TOGETHER WAS NEVER REALLY SEVERED.

 

THEREFORE, EVES HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN AS “MARY’S DAUGHTER”.

 

NOT EVES – JUST EVES.

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The Sisterhood of Strippers 

THE STRIPPERS IN MOTHER MAY I ARE HERE TO REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FEMALE SOLIDARITY.

EVEN THOUGH ON THE SURFACE IT MAY SEEM LIKE ALL THEY DO IS TALK ABOUT NONSENSE - IN ACTUALITY, WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS CREATING SPACE FOR ONE ANOTHER. BY DOING THIS, EVERYONE IN THAT ENVIRONMENT CAN COMFORTABLY SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AND HAVE THEIR FEELINGS BE VALIDATED. 

FOR MORE CONTEXT, MARY USED TO WORK AT THE CLUB AS A STRIPPER BUT LEFT WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT WITH EVES. SOON AFTER EVES WAS BORN, MARY RETURNED TO THE STRIP CLUB TO WORK AS A MANAGER. ONCE EVES WAS A TEENAGER, SHE STARTED TO WORK AT THE CLUB WITH MARY AS A BARTENDER.

EVER SINCE EVES WAS A BABY, EACH OF THE STRIPPERS WOULD HELP TAKE CARE OF HER. THEY WOULD BABYSIT, DO THE SCHOOL RUN, ARRANGE PLAY DATES ETC.  THEY EVEN SOUND-PROOFED MARY'S OFFICE SO THEY COULD SET UP A COT AND PLAY AREA FOR EVES.

THE STRIPPERS ENDED UP BEING EVES' FAMILY.

Our Own Gospel

IN MOTHER MAY I,  WE JOIN MARY  ON HER JOURNEY TO RADICAL SELF-ACCEPTANCE. THIS JOURNEY ISN'T ENTIRELY PLEASANT IN THE SENSE THAT IT ISN'T PRETTY NOR ROMANTIC.  INSTEAD, IT'S AWKWARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE. NONETHELESS, THIS PROCESS IS NECESSARY - FOR WHAT DOESN'T GROW IS DEAD.

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MARY HAS TO FIND A WAY TO ACCEPT HERSELF ON HER OWN TERMS. SHE ATTEMPTS THIS WHILST NAVIGATING IN A SOCIETY THAT SUGGESTS WE FIND SELF-LOVE THROUGH THE ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS. TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, IN THE CASE OF WOMEN - THE VALIDATION OF MEN SHOULD SUFFICE ANY SENSE OF LACK LINGERING WITHIN A WOMAN'S SOUL.  

MARY IS CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF HER LOSING BATTLE WITH DESIRABILITY - MAY IT BE THROUGH THE PRESENCE OF HER DAUGHTER OR HER COLLEAGUES AT WORK (THE STRIP CLUB).

 

EVERY NIGHT MARY  WATCHES THE GIRLS AT WORK EFFORTLESSLY EXPLOIT THE MALE GAZE AND AS A RESULT OF THIS, SHE EXPERIENCES A SENSE OF DEFEAT SINCE SHE BELIEVES THAT HER DESIRABILITY AND FEMININITY GO HAND IN HAND.

 

ACCORDING TO MARY'S SUBCONSCIOUS - TO NO LONGER BE DESIRABLE, IS TO NO LONGER BE A WOMAN. 

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