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Staceyann Chin’s MotherStruck! Premieres Off Broadway

Because I’m not a mother, I can only imagine the effort and care that go into the months leading to the birth of a child. But what’s unrivaled is the care and planning needed to sustain that life. Activist and poet Staceyann Chin talks about a little of both. MotherStruck! brings Chin’s memoir Off-Broadway Dec. 4, with an official opening night Dec. 14 at Lynn Redgrave Theater

MotherStruck! shares the emotional story behind a lesbian, Black, Chinese woman trying to fulfill her lifelong purpose of becoming a mother against the odds of single parenting, no health insurance, and the lack of a “serious, stable financial setup.”

MotherStruck435They say all you need is love, and Chin shows us just how she managed to persevere beyond the unexpected. Her journey to motherhood is not the only trail with unforseen twists and turns. Days before the September 2015 previews of MotherStruck!, the show was canceled indefinitely due to funding. We’re happy to see this project is back on track! 

Cynthia Nixon (“Sex And The City”) is directing this project and she’s been a fan of Chin’s since 2002. The mutual respect and dedication these artists have for and to each other are what made this project finally come to fruition. While Chin wrote and performs Motherstruck!, she attributes much of the development to the careful eyes, awareness of social issues, and commitment to the craft, that Nixon encompasses.

Chin is the author of “The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir.” She has also been seen on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” CNN and PBS. Currently, Chin and her beautiful daughter, Zuri, are often seen taking a stance on issues through their YouTube videos and presence at rallies. Come see how this beautiful mother and daughter union was built, from the perspective of the woman who fought to make it happen. 

MotherStruck! is produced by Rosie O’Donnell in collaboration with Culture Project. Tickets are available at

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