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.
Cast as Mother takes the audience chronologically through the writing process of the “Passing Stage” manuscript, from its initial concept through the 7 writing tasks completed over 1 ½ years, by 13 artist mothers.
The production starred several well-known women theatre practitioners who had contributed as writers to the “Passing Stage” manuscript including Kaushalya Fernando, Dilrukshi Fonseka, Tracy Holsinger, Izhara Huzair Zubair, Nadie
Kammallaweera, Niranjala Manjari and Chamila Peiris.
The production marked the end of the Passing Stage project and acted as a preview
“If motherhood in Asia, and especially in Sri Lanka, is one of the prototypical roles which frame the lives of women, ‘Cast as Mother’ effectively explored the multidimensionality of the lives of these women, irreducible to this single socially-sanctioned role.”
Harshana Rambukwella Groundviews