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Boise Contemporary Theater Presents Questions My Mother Can't Answer

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Women pass down wisdom to their daughters in curious, sometimes roundabout ways. Playwright and performer Andrea Caban found another way to connect with her mother as well as find answers to life's larger questions, sometimes by accident. In her solo play, Questions My Mother Can't Answer, she investigates the questions she couldn't ask.

Boise Contemporary Theater will present Questions My Mother Can't Answer through May—a homecoming of sorts for a play largely conceived and written in Boise.

The impetus for the play sparked in the fall of 2009, while Caban starred in BCT's The Pavilion. During a vacation from her life as a New York City actor and writer, Caban pulled together a picture of womanhood through the voices of a Norwegian housewife, an ex-prostitute and a healer, each in their '60s, close in age to her mother.

Upon returning to NYC, she found more female voices in an encounter with a woman on the subway, through connecting with an aunt and a seductive Moroccan ballroom dancer. With these voices, she began work on a rough draft, which morphed dramatically when she was hit by a cab. That experience changed the play and brought her into the story.

In 2010, Coyote REP presented sold-out performances of the play, garnering praise at a performance at the International Fringe Festival that year. Following that, Caban presented the play with BCT's 5x5 Reading Series, and then at the Intimate Theater in Cape Town, South Africa.