Being gay and being a mother, North Carolina playwright Marilynn Barner Anselmi knew whereof she wrote, creating Mama’s Girls. There a pair of eleven-year old twins are closer to each other than a lot of people would realize. And would accept.  Including their parents. Sure Amelia and Sam often clash about plenty of stuff. You know, like, Barbie dolls and sports and chores. But when it comes right down to who they really are inside their skins and deep within their hearts, no question. Sam may look like a boy, but, since he believes he’s a girl, Amelia defends whatever, whomever Sam wants to be.  If that means standing up to the adults, that is just what she will do. Watch out! Such rebellion could upset the marriage cart.

SNAP stages this stimulus from Anselmi who’s written ten full-length plays and had them produced all over the U.S. She started along this path, moved there after the accidental death of a son. And, as it turns out, she felt she wanted to say things on stage about gender and orientation

This 2014 play was a semi-finalist at Pride Plays and Films Great Gay Play and Musical Contest in Chicago that year. Other awards and recognition: In 2015 the Mark Gilbert Award in the North Carolina New Play Project as well as the Porter Fleming Literary Competition Award in 2012. She was finalist at Playwrights First, NYC in 2013; semi-finalist in 2015 in the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition at, Alleyway Theater, Buffalo, NY plus the Firehouse Theater New Play Festival of Richmond, VA in 2014 and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference that same year.

Mama’s Girls run Nov 12- Dec. 6 at SNAP Productions, 3225 California Street. Thurs-Sat. 8:00 p.m. Sun: 6:00 p.m. Sun. Dec. 6 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15.

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