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While We're Home

TRANSPORT GROUP’S WEEKLY COLUMN SERIES

While We’re Home is a weekly newsletter series of essays reflecting on Transport Group’s 20-year history from our leadership, alumni artists, and friends.  Filled with humorous insight, personal growth, creative struggles and successes, we hope these columns will stand as a testament to the joys found in the process of collaboration through our 20-year catalogue. Check back each week for a new installment.  

SEPTEMBER 18

When Your Mother is a Character in Your Musical

BY NANCY SHAYNE

It’s April 2008.  My mother has just flown in from Michigan with a fresh hairdo and nice clothes and is in the audience waiting for the first preview of Marcy in the Galaxy to begin.  It’s my semi-autobiographical musical and a lot of it is about my relationship with her.  I don’t think she minds so much that it’s autobiographical—I know her concern is that OTHERS love it, so I finally receive the accolades she thinks I deserve.

The lights go down.