February 6 through March 8, 2015

by Terrence McNally
directed by Wendy C. Goldberg

2014 Tony Nomination for Best Play!

Eloquent and moving, Terrence McNally’s timely new play explores the very essence of family and forgiveness in a changing society.

Twenty years after her son’s death, Katharine leaves Texas and pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of Cal, her late son’s partner who is now married to another man and has a young son. Still coping with loss and unexplainable anger, Katherine is challenged by Cal to confront the truths of their shared past, and a future she never imagined.


Mothers and Sons runs without intermission; run time: 90 minutes.

Critics love Mothers and Sons

[quote]Compelling! Wendy C. Goldberg’s production at Philadelphia Theatre Company raises the bar! Howard Shapiro, WHYY
A deep, touching and often funny piece.  –  Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Daily News
Mothers and Sons is bracing and urgent and unquestionably real. – Howard Shapiro, WHYY
Michael Learned (“The Waltons”) strikes the perfect chords. [Her] nuanced performance is a bravura turn that alone is worth the trip to the Roberts. –  Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Daily News
Terrence McNally has just written his best play! – Huffington Post
A taut, terrific new play! – Howard Shapiro, WHYY
Learned is aided by the convincing, confident work of James Lloyd Reynolds and  Hugh Kennedy. –  Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Daily News
Hugh Kennedy ups the ante for tension.– Howard Shapiro, WHYY


Terrence McNally, a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, has won four Tony Awards for his plays Master Class (world premiered at PTC); Love! Valor! Compassion! and his books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. In 2010, The Kennedy Center produced Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and Golden Age (also world premiered at PTC.) A revival of It’s Only A Play is currently running on Broadway as is Lips Together, Teeth Apart at Second Stage .

PTC has enjoyed a special relationship with McNally, having developed and produced seven of his plays over the last twenty-five years. In 2011, PTC established the Terrence McNally New Play Award, given on an annual basis to support new work.



Julia and Gene Ericksen
Honorary Executive Producers

Additional support from
The Peter Arger and Donald Wilf New Play Fund
and The Kenneth S. Kaiserman Fund for Artistic Excellence