The Mother Load: puppet sketch show
The Mother Load is an offbeat puppet show, that started on Mother's Day 2015. In February 2020, The Mother Load will be performing it's 9th episode. Each episode explores a single topic or source of anxiety, through sketch comedy- and puppets! Episodes are written by artistic director, Sam Grossman and scored by musical director, Greg Bowen. Our puppets are designed, built, and performed with a rotating cast of friends. We are proud that most performances feature first-time puppeteers! Trucker Talk is our house band.
The Mother Load is about feeling overwhelmed, feeling too much all at once, but still having an ok time. Things can be pretty funny when you're feeling down. It is difficult to talk about our anxieties but, rather than isolate, they connect us. The Mother Load seeks to create an environment where we can feel bad, publically, and still have a fun evening.
Due to the nature of the show, we encourage everyone to consider therapy. In past shows, during intermission, we have provided information about free mental health support, how to apply for health insurance, food scarcity recorces, as well as phone and chat resources for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
Our audience is an important part of the Mother Load experience. When you are there, you are part of the show. You might be asked to call out to a puppet, close your eyes and imagine, or take part in a breathing exercise.
The Mother Load also hosts an interview series, called Flappy Hour. Shorter than the Mother Load, in these interviews, Mother Goose speaks to Baltimore puppeteers. These conversations focus on how the artists began puppeteering, future puppet goals, and insights into their craft. The untimate goal of the Mother Load and Flappy Hour is to encourage the audiance to tell their stories, with the materials available, and to ask for help if you need help doing it.