“I wasn’t looking for the best performer, I was looking for the most emotional one,” she said. “I knew that the parents would connect to the subject matter.”
Written by critically acclaimed American writers, the 19 short scenes in the production cover topics such as dropping children off for their first day of school, puberty, playground politics and various other milestones that parents endure. Some are humorous, while others are more emotional.
“This is culled from a lot of the top playwrights in the country, and you see that,” Girard said. “Each piece is absolutely beautifully written. They’re fun and funny and touching.”
In her scene, “Michael’s Date,” Girard performs a monologue about the mother of an autistic teenage boy who is going on his first date.
“She’s more excited about the date than her son is,” Girard said. “It’s that lovely combination of humor and hope, disappointment, and moving on.”
This production is a family affair for Girard, with husband Stephen Faria and daughter Ella Faria also in the cast.
As the only man in the show, Faria plays four roles, including an “uptight, strict father” and a gay dad who gets upset when his daughter is repeatedly asked where her mother is, Girard said.
“His characters are so dramatically different,” she said. “He just loves that. It feels like a different person every time he’s onstage.”
Ella, 13, is in two scenes, including “Baby Bird,” where she is the subject of a number of inappropriate questions by a woman played by Judith Kamber of Byfield.
“It’s a woman in the park who has a son, a biological son, and she has also adopted a daughter from China,” Kamber said. “I’m the stranger who makes all those politically incorrect statements possible. The kind of person we all hate to run into.”