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This Mother’s Day, WordTheatre joined its audience at an inviting little Polish restaurant in the heart of Santa Monica called Warszawa.

We enjoyed a gourmet Polish brunch of dried plums wrapped in bacon, potato pancakes, crepes with sweet cream, polish sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit salad and coffee all inside the warm interior of a building reminiscent of grandma’s little cottage with white lace curtains, hardwood floors and flowery lamps.

Then, we moved onto a cozy secret patio and heard the kind of stories that arise when the dust blowing off family albums and we are strolling down the photo-lined walls of our mother’s house and our grandmother’s house.

The show featured:

  • Stephen Collins (7th Heaven, Blood Diamond) read his story “Ace’s Big Entrance”
  • Tess Harper (No Country for Old Men, Tender Mercies) read “My Son and the Bicycle Wheel” by Martha Ronk
  • Lynn Ferguson (Chicken Run) read her story “Schopenhauer”
  • Beata Pozniak (JFK) read “Family Album” by Siv Cedering
  • Anne De Salvo (Arthur, My Favorite Year) read “Saying Yes to Ryan” by Shelley Burtt
  • John Heard (Home Alone, The Sopranos) read “His Mother Inside Him” by John Updike
  • Di Quon (Maid in Manhattan, Boston Public) read “Water Names” by Lan Samantha Chang
  • Gary Dourdan (CSIPerfect Stranger) read “The Parents” by Kelly Cherry


Directed and Produced by Cedering Fox

Research by Melissa Loftus and Geoffrey Bridgman