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Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade: an Evening at the Theatre

Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade: an Evening at the Theatre

A theatre poster of a woman looking at herself in the theatre dressing mirror with a framed photograph of her mother prominently placed.

My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty, Aging, and Acceptance.

A one-woman show by Karin Trachtenberg

My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty, Aging and Acceptance is an autobiographical one-woman dramatic comedy that dares to expose what lies beneath the mask of the perfect mother. Discovering her mother’s diaries after her passing, Karin, the heroine, begins to examine the history of their complicated relationship from the gritty, urban streets of New York to her Swiss mother’s manicured orderliness.

The story follows her mother’s exodus from her homeland to pursue stardom, and how her fixation with beauty and outward appearances influenced Karin’s sense of worth. Engaged in dialogue with her mirrored reflection, Karin wrestles with her own inner demons. What does the mirror uncover when we strip away the makeup?

A humorous and moving journey of self-reflection, this show is sure to resonate with anyone struggling with a conflicted parental relationship. Presented in a pseudo-fairytale style, utilizing multimedia and theatrical masks, My Mother Had Two Faces tips the Disney delusion on its head revealing the enchanting as well as the underbelly. Karin explains “In embodying my mother, an image of the Good Mother/Bad Mother emerged. Introducing theatrical masks is a powerful dramatization of those roles.”

My Mother Had Two Faces has toured Los Angeles, Boston, and New York to full houses and rave reviews and will be in Northampton on May 23rd and then off to The Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

An Evening with Phineas*

We are hoping to do a staged reading by Lyza Fennell (MICA’s founder)

* We’re seeking one or two readers for this staged performance!  Who will be our Phineas? Who will be Pierce? If interested, please contact lyza@experiencemica.org

Prepare for a hilarious and provocative exploration of love, marriage, and desire. Phineas, the enigmatic marriage counselor, turns an unhappy couple’s world upside down with unconventional methods and surprising twists. For mature audiences only!

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of theatre, which will make you laugh, think, and perhaps even see yourself reflected in a new light. Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade celebrates our messy humanity. Reserve your tickets today and immerse yourself in storytelling’s transformative power.

Join us for a Q & A discussion after!

Tickets Now Available

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This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.
MICAfest 2024

MICAfest 2024

MICAfest 2024 Art for Change The M/others View

Where  M/otherhood and Artistry Unite

May 1-31st, 2024, all in Northampton, MA

It’s almost here! With 80 artists from all of New England and Beyond.

Expect powerful poetry, thought-provoking dance and theater, and visual art that challenges.

Ticketing Information

We have two options for ticketing. Get month-long passes and VIP tickets below for a convenient one-pass to all events.

Single event tickets are available on the individual event pages. Click on the event below to learn more about it and buy individual tickets.

Questions about tickets or events? Email us!

Email us at hello@experiencemica.org

MICAfest Supporter VIP Pass: Your Ultimate Experience

Show your support for m/other artists and unlock exclusive access at MICAfest 2024.

Limited to just ten passes!

As a MICAfest Supporter, you’ll enjoy:

  • Official sponsor status with name recognition in programs and social media shout-outs.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the festival’s captivating exhibits with a private, early tour.
  • VIP treatment at the MICAfest Closing Gala, including two complimentary drink tickets for you and a guest (subject to change for a comparable gift).

Secure your MICAfest Supporter VIP Pass before general ticketing opens on March 20th.

$400 + $24 in fees.

Live Ticketed Events

Monthly passes, VIP tickets,  and single-event tickets are now available.
Dance, theatre, spoken word, music, multimedia, poetry, artist conversations.

VIP and Month Passes may be purchased below. For Single Event Tickets, click on any of the descriptions to learn more and buy tickets to those shows.

Single Event Tickets

Click on any of the descriptions to learn more and buy individual event tickets.

Featuring poetry by Maggie "Sasha" Russell-Ciardi, Jasmine Errico, Mary Foulk, KC Trommer and music by Sasha K.A and Courtney Castaneda of FIZZI May 4, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Anchor House of Artists Verses and Vibes Poetry and Music with visual art exhibition Part of #MICAfest2024

Anchor House of Artists
May 4th, 7:00 pm
Verses & Vibes: Poetry and Music Night

Jasmine Errico, Mary Warren Foulk, Maggie “Sasha” Russell-Ciardi, KC Trommer, with music by FIZZI with Sasha K.A (vocals, guitar) and Courtney Castaneda (cello).

M/otherhood in Motion: Dance and Theatre Dance, performance, and a staged reading with our visual art exhibition May 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Northampton Center for the Arts Haile Eshe Cole, Kelly Silliman, Jessica Roseman, and Laura Sánchez. Featuring visual art at the Split Level Gallery at 33 Hawley. Part of #MICAfest2024 Top left and clockwise: Haile Eshe Cole, Laura Sánchez, Kelly Silliman, and Jessica Roseman, Art pictured by Esther S White.

Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley
M/otherhood in Motion: Dance and Theatre
May 11th, 7:00 pm
Dance and performance

Haile Eshe Cole, Jessica Roseman, Laura Sánchez, Kelly Silliman.

MICA's Mother's Day Art Bash at Spill the Tea Sis Apothecary on Main Street in Northampton. Three images on the graphic of a store window, Toni Rose and Lark Jazz Trio.

Spill the Tea Sis Apothecary
MICA Mother’s Day Art Bash
May 12th, 4:00 pm
Poetry,  Music, Nosh, Drinks, and Mingle.

Jen Jabaily-Blackburn, Roxanne Nieman, Toni Rose, A.H. Weatherman with The Lark Jazz Trio with Lynn Luvell.

Vanessa Adel, Dorise Heller, Jackie Humphreys, Nancy Carolyn Kwant, Rythea Lee, Jessica Simon, Liz Reed,  Arya Samuelson, and  Karolina Zapal.<br />
May 17, 2024 | 7:00 PM |<br />
Location: Anchor House of Artists<br />
Mom-ologues<br />
Unfiltered<br />
Story, poetry and music jam<br />
with visual art exhibition<br />
Part of #MICAfest2024<br />
Images courtesy of Jessica Simon (Instagram), Rythea Lee, film image by Terre Parker, and art weaving by Samantha Wilde.

Anchor House of Artists
May 17th, 7:00 pm
The Mom-ologues: Unfiltered Stories, Poems & Music Jam

Vanessa Adel, Dorise Heller, Jackie Humphreys, Nancy Carolyn Kwant, Rythea Lee, Liz Reed, Arya Samuelson, Jessica Genia Simon, and Karolina Zapal.

Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade An Evening at the Theatre May 23, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Northampton Center for the Arts My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty, Aging, and Acceptance. A One-woman Show by Karin Trachtenberg and An Evening with Phineas A Staged Reading by Lyza Fennell Featuring visual art at the Split Level Gallery at 33 Hawley Part of #MICAfest2024 My Mother Had Two Faces by Karin Trachtenberg poster, image of Lyza Fennell, and featured sculpture by Ellen Wetmore. Images courtesy of the artists.

Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley
Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade: an Evening at the Theatre
May 23rd, 7:00 pm

My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty, Aging, and Acceptance.

A one-woman show by Karin Trachtenberg continues its acclaimed theatrical journey from LA to Edinburgh.

With a staged reading by MICA founder Lyza Fennell.

MICAfest 2024: The M/otherlode Closing Gala A fundraising celebration May 31, 2024 | 6:30 PM | Location: Northampton Center for the Arts Join us for a festive evening of arts, community, and live music. An engaging artist conversation exploring the themes of MICAfest. Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and mingling Immerse yourself in the vibrant Americana sounds of Christa Joy and the Honeybees. Featuring visual art at the Split Level Gallery at 33 Hawley Part of #MICAfest2024 Scene from MICAfest 2022 photo by Heather Matys Image of Christa Joy and the HoneyBees. Sculpture by Ellen Wetmore. Images courtesy of the artists and MICA.

Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley

MICAfest: The M/otherlode Closing Gala
May 31st, 6:30 pm

Celebrate all the artists at a unique closing fundraising gala with an Artist Conversation with some of our featured artists. The evening will end with musical guest Christa Joy and the Honeybees.

Workshop

Photograph, decorative purposes only.

Mindful Creativity for M/Others and Allies By Laura Dickstein Thompson, Ed.D.

May 18th, 10 am – 12 pm, virtual.

A 2-hour meditation and art workshop for m/others and allies

The booking link is coming soon.

Visual Art Exhibition

A Painting of "A Mother's Tears" by Lisa Andrews.

Visual artists exhibiting at NEVAmuseum at Anchor House of Artists

Lisa Andrews | Laura Dickstein Thompson | Jasmine Errico | Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman | Reshma Gorde | Ruby Henry | Juli Kirk | Tony(a) Lemos | Gena Mavuli | Laura Moorehead | Amy Nolan | Elizabeth Menges | Terre Parker | Ellen Shattuck Pierce | Mollie Thonneson | Mary Warren Foulk | Ellen Wetmore | Sam Wilde |

Image: Lisa Andrews, A Mother’s Tears, 24” x 36”, Acrylic on Canvas.

Elena Allee “They Felt They Had Been There Before.” 48” x 48”, Oil paint and alkyd resin on canvas. 2022<br />

Visual artists exhibiting at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity

Elena Allee | Christina Balch | S.T. Gately | Robin Griffith | Barbara Hageman Sarvis | Amy Kotel | Sarah Marquesen | Matthew Mattingly | Ellen Pollock | Alyona Skripka | Jamie Tara | Michelle Vigeant |

Image: Elena Allee, They Felt They Had Been There Before. 48” x 48”, Oil paint and alkyd resin on canvas. 2022. 

Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52x58, Oil.

Visual artists exhibiting at Northampton Center for the Arts

Myrrh Brooks | Nancy Bulma Fields | Mayté Castillo | Jill Danenberg | Helen Ellis | Laura Green | Jane Hesser | Lyn Horan| Jane Keddy | Catherine LeComte-Lecce | Lynn Lovell | Isabelle Marantz/IzzyLightScapes | Nilou Moochhala | Emily Mulder | April Powell | Eva Pushkova | Carla E. Reyes | Amber Scoon | Ellen Wetmore | Esther S. White | Cynthia Zeman |                

Image: Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52×58, Oil.

Visual Art Receptions

A Painting of "A Mother's Tears" by Lisa Andrews.

Artist Reception at NEVAmuseum at Anchor House of Artists

May 10th, 2024, 5:00-8:00 pm

Join us for a vibrant evening of art and performance by Stefani Weber, celebrating the creativity of MICA artists exhibiting at Anchor House of Artists. meet and celebrate the artists, and discover diverse and captivating works.

Ceramic vase in earth tones. "Motherhood" by Gena Muvali.

Visual artists exhibiting at NEVAmuseum at Anchor House of Artists

Lisa Andrews | Laura Dickstein Thompson | Jasmine Errico | Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman | Reshma Gorde | Ruby Henry | Juli Kirk | Tony(a) Lemos | Gena Mavuli | Laura Moorehead | Amy Nolan | Elizabeth Menges | Terre Parker | Amber Scoon | Ellen Shattuck Pierce | Mollie Thonneson | Mary Warren Foulk | Ellen Wetmore | Sam Wilde |

Image: Motherhood, Gena Muvaldi, 11″ x 5″, Stoneware, local wood-ash glaze.

A Painting of "A Mother's Tears" by Lisa Andrews.

Artist Reception at Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley

May 10th, 2024, 5:00-8:00 pm

Join us for a vibrant evening of art and performance by Elena Ciampa and Friends, celebrating the creativity of MICA artists exhibiting at Northampton Center for the Arts. Meet and celebrate the artists and discover diverse and captivating works.

Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52x58, Oil.

Visual artists exhibiting at Northampton Center for the Arts

Myrrh Brooks | Nancy Bulma Fields | Mayté Castillo | Jill Danenberg | Helen Ellis | Laura Green | Jane Hesser | Lyn Horan| Jane Keddy | Catherine LeComte-Lecce | Lynn Lovell | Isabelle Marantz/IzzyLightScapes | Nilou Moochhala | Emily Mulder | April Powell | Eva Pushkova | Carla E. Reyes | Ellen Wetmore | Esther S. White | Cynthia Zeman |                

Image: Painting by Lyn Horan, The Watchers and the Weepers, 35”w x 47″h – watercolor and ink on paper.

A Painting of "A Mother's Tears" by Lisa Andrews.

Artist Reception at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity

May 25th, 2024, 2:00-4:00 pm

Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of artistic talent! Join us at the BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity for the MICA Unveiled art reception with our featured artists. Mingle with fellow art enthusiasts, indulge in delicious crudite and wine, and experience MICA artists’ captivating works.

process painting of a fetus growing inside a woman's womb. Sunshine and clouds. By Ellen Pollock.

Visual artists exhibiting at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity

Elena Allee | Christina Balch | S.T. Gately | Robin Griffith | Barbara Hageman Sarvis | Amy Kotel | Sarah Marquesen | Matthew Mattingly | Ellen Pollock | | Alyona Skripka | Jamie Tara | Michelle Vigeant |

Image: Ellen Pollock, Untitled. 36” x 36,
tempura on paper.

Tickets Now Available

Thank you for buying tickets in advance!

This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.

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Month-long Tickets

 

One pass conveniently gets into all events. Plus, purchasing a month’s pass supports programming for the festival.