Smokehouse Players to perform ‘Night, Mother’ Nov. 14-16

Amy Eversole as Jessie in the Smokehouse Players production of “‘Night, Mother”


Local company The Smokehouse Players will perform a new version of an award-winning show this week in Fayetteville.

The company will perform Marsha Norman’s 1983 Pulitzer-winning show, “Night, Mother” beginning Thursday, Nov. 14, and running through Saturday, Nov. 16th this weekend at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse.

The show, directed by Jules Taylor and starring locals Amy Eversole and Terry Vaught, tells the story of reclusive Jessie, who calmly tells her mother that she plans to kill herself before the night is through, and what ensues as mother Thelma tries desperately to save her daughter before it’s too late.

The evening kick off with a pre-show concert by local songwriter Jori Costellow.

Due to the subject matter of the show, each performance will include a talkback session on the topic of suicide. Dr. Margaret Rutherford will lead the sesson on Thursday, with Lauren Little-Levine (MA, LPC Psychotherapy/ Expressive Art Therapy) on Nov. 15, and Joy Caffrey (Healer, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator) on Nov. 16.

Tickets to the show are free, though donations will be accepted. All donations received at the Thursday performance will benefit Magdalene Serenity House, a local organization that helps to “rebuild the lives of women who have experienced trauma, addiction, and incarceration.” Donations that evening will also be matched by four local families, including Brenda and Bob Gullett, Bob and Linda McMath, Hannah and Greg Lee, and one anonymous donor.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the concert begins at 6:45 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Beer, wine, lemonade, and cookies will be available.

For a bit more info, check out the Facebook event.