By Michael Gioia
24 Apr 2014
The Quilt, which will be on display for the entirety of the show's run, is referenced during the course of the 90-minute play, making its residency inside the theatre especially poignant. Audience members of Mothers and Sons are encouraged to view the quilt before or after any performance.
"The Quilt is perhaps the most powerful reminder we have of those lost to AIDS; a hand-made monument lovingly constructed," said lead producer Tom Kirdahy in a statement. "Mothers and Sons is honored to display panels of the quilt in the lobby of the Golden Theatre as a tribute to those lost, who were all foot soldiers in the march towards equality. We must never forget those we lost during the darkest days of the plague as we joyfully celebrate our hard won victories today. Remember Their Names."
Chelsea Pines Inn is sponsoring the AIDS Quilt display in memory and honor of the hotel's founder, Sheldon Post.
Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), Mothers and Sons stars Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Frederick Weller, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert and Grayson Taylor.
Preview performances began Feb. 23, prior to an official opening March 24. Mothers and Sons is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Paula Wagner and Debbie Bisno, and Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle.
Mothers and Sons, according to press notes, "is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today's world. At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons follows a woman (Daly) who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's ex-partner (Weller), who is now married to another man (Steggert) and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and discovers a new connection she never expected."