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Gay-themed 'Mother/Son' opens tonight at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale; seats $15 with code MOA

From Roberto Santiago, director of Communications and Strategic Marketing, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale:

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PAY ONLY $15 FOR TICKETS TO SEE “MOTHER/SON” by using the code MOA when calling the Broward Center Box Office for tickets!!!

REGIONAL THEATER AND FESTIVAL HIT MOTHER/SON” SHAKES UP STEREOTYPES

Performer Jeffrey Solomon's warm-hearted look at a Jewish mother coming to terms with her gay son’s sexuality proves no one “comes out” alone

FORT LAUDERDALE – “A lifestyle is wearing a nice summer hat and sipping daiquiris by the pool. Being gay is a life,” playwright and performer Jeffrey Solomon recalls telling his loving Jewish mother who was not ready to give up on the idea of having grandchildren.

Fortunately for audiences, Solomon took the tumultuous journey of his mother’s rejection and eventual acceptance of his gay sexuality and created the semi-autobiographical play Mother/Son.  The show went on to become the hit of the Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival in the U.K. and won awards for "Audience Favorite,"  "Best Male Solo Performer" and “Best Playwriting”  at the National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival.

The Broward Center and Inside Out Theatre Company present Solomon in Mother/SON from Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13 at the William and Norma Horvitz Auditorium at the Museum of Art, One East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  The funny and poignant show is presented as a special offering in the Broward Center’s Off Broadway in Broward Series. 

Solomon was nominated for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best Actor” for his performance playing both mother and son in a production that the Chicago Tribune calls, "Powerfully personal, yet as universal as family values."

Nominated for an Emmy Award for writing, Solomon weaves humor throughout the fictional story that draws on his own experiences.  “After convincing my mother I wasn’t joking, she wept, smiled and remarked that maybe it wasn’t so bad because Liberace was gay and he let his elderly mother come live with him in his mansion.  I think the most important thing I learned from my mother is that real gay pride is having the guts to start a conversation even when it’s scary or uncomfortable for you.”

The Chicago Free Press applauded Mother/SON by saying, “It accords respect, dignity and understanding to a parent’s worries about the gay life, while at the same time providing a road map for transforming fear into acceptance.” 

Funding for Inside Out Theatre Company is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. 

Tickets are $30 and this pre-season special presentation is not available as part of the Off Broadway in Broward Series subscription.  Show times are Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 12 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m.  Tickets and group discounts are available through the Broward Center’s box office at 954/462-0222 or online at www.browardcenter.org.

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Presentations at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Support is also contributed by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.  The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Performing Arts Center Authority, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center and the Historic Stranahan House Museum.  It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Visitors Bureau.

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