What happens when your therapist doesn't just say, "Uh Huh..."?
No one has perfect parents as Mary Niederkorn’s “Thank You for Trying to Make Me a Better Person” points out. The show gives voice to a woman’s frustration and pain in the face of abuse, not at the hands of monsters but by loving parents, and the power of realizing she has the power to change her own destiny.
Mary Niederkorn: This play is not the story I planned to tell. Much of what I’ve written I had never acknowledged. Nor did I realize how much my past still affected me. After a reading of one of the key scenes, the teacher asked me, ‘how do you feel?’ I sort of blurted out ‘I feel like I just had a baby!’ His response was, ‘because you just did.’ My solo-play makes the point that no one has perfect parents. Unacknowledged pain is passed from generation to generation. The way out is to face it and rise above the easier choice of being a victim. Nothing is more seductive than ‘it’s not my fault.’ But that doesn’t work. The victim is suspended, waiting for someone else to change. My play gives voice to one individual’s frustration and pain in the face of real abuse – not by monsters, but by loving parents.
Writer: Mary Niederkorn
Director: Sarah Carlin
Producer: Cornbill Productions
Running Time: 75 min.