MOTHER'S DAY Full Length Play

Author Gwen Flager
Houston, TX


The May 14, 1961, Mother’s Day celebration, planned by the adult children of Lorean Stephens, is overshadowed by the attack of white supremacists on a Greyhound bus bound for Anniston, Alabama, carrying not only Freedom Riders, but also Lorean's youngest daughter. Plans unravel and secrets are revealed before the bus is burned on the side of the road. No one in Lorean’s family is prepared as the violence explodes on Mother’s Day in Calhoun County.

Time: Mother`s Day, 1961

Subject Matter: Grief, Compassion                   

Note from Playwright I watched various documentaries of the Freedom Rides and read Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. I wanted to write a play that reflected the impact of racial struggles on everyone in a community and the unforeseen consequences of hate and prejudice.

Supplemental Information: See Videos below to watch one PBS documentary and hear an NPR Fresh Air Interview with the book author that inspired the play.


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Hear an interview with Raymond Arsenault about Freedom Riders.

Watch one of the documentaries about Freedom Riders that inspired the Playwright.

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