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Cast as Mother is a dramatized reading of the process and content of the Passing
Stage project, in which 13 artist mothers wrote anonymously for 1 ½ years on
motherhood in Sri Lanka, reflecting on it through the lens of theatre.
Lionel Wendt Theatre
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Running time – 1 ½ hrs (no interval)
Language - English ; Sinhala
The opening show was supported by The Sunethra Bandaranaike Trust, Women and Media Collective
The Passing Stage Project
In November 2010, Ruwanthie invited fellow artists who were mothers, to participate in a writing process reflecting on motherhood through the lens of theatre.
Over 1½ years,
13 women responded to 7 writings tasks sent to them.
The group wrote under pseudonyms and through anonymous emails. They explored topics such as love, sex, marriage, education, country and religion.
All the writings were finally collected, translated and compiled into a 300-page bilingual manuscript.
This manuscript defined the scope and direction of the production.