Paula Vogel’s “Mother Play” on Broadway with an All-Star Cast



It’s a very special Brown University Club in NY theater event to see the Broadway production of Mother Play by Brown Professor Emerita Paula Vogel (Pulitzer Prize winner for How I Learned to Drive and Tony Award “Best Play” nominee for Indecent) starring Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jessica Lange and Jim Parsons.

Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm
The Hayes Theater
240 W. 44th Street
between 7th & 8th Avenues

Purchase can only be made by Brown Club members** and is limited to a total of 2 tickets for orchestra tickets or a total of 4 tickets for mezzanine tickets.

The Hayes Theater is the smallest Broadway theater so no seat is very far from the stage.


Tickets will only be distributed by a Brown Club representative at the theatre from 6:15pm to 6:45pm.
Please do NOT go to the box office and please arrive no later than 6:45pm.

Vogel has written a bitingly funny and unflinchingly honest new play about the hold our family has over us and the surprises we find when we unpack the past. Tickets will sell very fast so act quickly to join us for this Broadway production .

It’s 1962, just outside of D.C., and matriarch Phyllis (Jessica Lange) is supervising her teenage children, Carl (Jim Parsons) and Martha (Celia Keenan-Bolger), as they move into a new apartment. Phyllis has strong ideas about what her children need to do and be to succeed, and woe be the child who finds their own path. Bolstered by gin and cigarettes, the family endures — or survives — the changing world around them. Blending flares of imaginative theatricality, surreal farce, and deep tenderness, this beautiful roller coaster ride reveals timeless truths of love, family, and forgiveness.

Following the performance, theater producer and Brown Club board member Jeremy Handelman will moderate a discussion with Paula Vogel.

** You are a member of the Brown Club in NY if you:

Paid to attend our Kickoff Event this past October.


Paid the annual $30 membership fee within the past twelve months.


Graduated from Brown in 2023 and signed up for free membership.

paula_vogelPaula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award nomination, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’n’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession  and A Civil War Christmas. In June 2020, she founded Paula Vogel’s Bard at the Gate, a uniquely curated virtual reading series designed to become a widely accessible platform for powerful, overlooked plays by BIPOC, female, LGBTQIA+, and disabled artists. Lifetime achievement awards include American Theatre Hall of Fame Award, the Obie Award, and NY Drama Critics Circle Award.

Vogel led the graduate playwriting program at Brown for two decades, mentoring many of today’s great playwrights. She was instrumental in Brown becoming a nationally recognized center for educational theatre, culminating in the creation of the Brown/Trinity Repertory Repertory Consortium with Oskar Eustis, then Trinity's artistic director, in 2002.


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