My Name Is Mommy

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Written & Performed by: April Wish
Developed with & Directed by: Jessica Lynn Johnson

MY NAME IS MOMMY is a one woman show written & performed by April Wish and directed & developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. It premiered at SOLOFEST 2019, the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast, and went on to a sold out run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 (titled as CLEMENTINE), garnering an ENCORE! Producer's Award.

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MY NAME IS MOMMY celebrates the exhilaration of motherhood, balancing poetic passages with humorous detours into the modern realities of raising small children. April Wish moves forward and backward through time, exploring the pressures and the promises of parenthood.

Unapologetically feminist and powerfully tender, MY NAME IS MOMMY studies a matriarchal family's traditions, exploring the connection between generations through Wish's lens as both a mother and a daughter. The show follows her journey as she looks for the bits and pieces of herself she left behind when she stepped into her role as Mother - buried under mountains of toys and traditions.

In this dynamic and often hilarious piece, April Wish has crafted a love letter to her daughter, Clementine, as well as to the little girl she used to be herself.

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"...April Wish has a way of telling her own particular story in such a way that feels bold and fresh and new. She is brutally honest but also sweetly and intensely lovable. April writes so beautifully that we are laughing and crying and empathizing and shocked all in the same breath. Her candor and her joyous abandon are intoxicating [...] Its funny, touching, unique, riveting and very, very important." - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NoHo Arts

"A moving, dynamic examination of motherhood past and present... Raw, honest and often hilarious... Full of emotion and power..." - Mary Mallory, The Tolucan Times

"I have never seen a better, more emotionally searing description of motherhood and the impossible task that entails, written and performed by an incredibly talented writer and actress telling the true story of her own life. Remarkably brave, this 75-minute long solo performance bounces back and forth, as parenting itself does, from remembering your own childhood, to seeing yourself in your children. It beautifully and perfectly captures the exhaustion, joy and everyday challenges and thrills of creating a new life. Poetically written and masterfully acted. I'm weeping as I write this review, it moved me so. Simply unforgettable..." - Joy Bennett, Jewish Journal

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Reviews

Monique LeBleu

April Wish's high “Clementine” is a hilarious take on Motherhood. Through her travels and travails, perils and escapades, and overall “Miss-adventures” with her daughter Clementine, Wish shares with equal and intense passion about her children through both the funny and the downright painful aspects of childbearing, child rearing, and childhood “projecting.” As she wades through a stage chock full of toys, costumes, and the stuff of childhood fantasies, along with the use of projections of some rather hysterical early videos, Wish presents a series of anecdotes that segue well between her own creative childhood, her desire and pursuit as an actress, the the effects of motherhood on her body, her marriage, and her career. In there as well is some very poignant history and reflections on her family's own heritage and those she had more to say to. Sounds like a lot? It is. About 75 minutes worth. But Wish does bring a lot of charm to fill it. (NO EXTERNAL URL LINK)

sweet - Monique LeBleu - LA Beat - ...read full review


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Clementine is motherhood accurately portrayed on stage from the tempo, to the flashbacks, to the emotions. It’s so relatable and honest. It was like looking in a mirror; I saw my mother, my grandmother, and myself in April. She captured the raw universal truth, pain, and joy of motherhood. It was beautiful and I cried through most of it, even the happy parts!

sweet - Christi Pedigo


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April is a gifted actor and writer. I haven’t seen anyone so easily and gracefully transition from light-hearted playfulness to deep-seated rage or longing in a long time. And her absolutely stunning writing and creative metaphors aren’t any less impressive. I found myself often looking away from the stage to pause for a moment of discovery or to ease the grimace I found on my face when something April said or did affected me in that particular way only April knows how to do.
I am so grateful and pleased that her show showcases not only motherhood but womanhood in so many colorful ways. Thank you, April. It’s about time.

sweet - Lara Repko


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AMAZING Show! So very glad April found her way back to the Stage! What Incredible Talent - Writing and Acting Skill! Truly a Master Class on so many levels! Clementine - the show and the child - birthed an Incredible Straight from the Heart - multi-faceted Wonder of the World . . . April Wade Wish! I left thinking: "this girl truly deserves her own Sitcom!"

sweet - ABLESSEDEVENT


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A realistic, relatable story about the dichotomy of motherhood ranging from never wanting to let your kids out of your sight to wishing they'd leave you alone for at least two seconds so you can go to the bathroom. April expertly sparks laughter through tears when she talks about how her life has evolved once she became a mother. I loved it. The writing is so truthful. There were several bits that absolutely pierced my heart with poignancy. My kids are in their twenties, but the memories of our family when they were little came flooding back with every word April spoke. Plus, I loved her set design. It was spot-on accurate and reminiscent of when everything in my house was some form of large colored plastic. Go see this show, then run home, call your mom, and tell her you love her.

sweet - Stacy Dymalski


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This was not just a look into the messiness and beauty that is motherhood ( which I personally can’t relate to), but a story about one’s identity. Losing it, finding it, and figuring out who we are somewhere in between all that ( and that I can absolutely relate to). April’s powerful story has you think back at all the relationships in your own life. It brings you back to your own childhood and one’s thoughts and dreams. It makes you aware of your lineage, your past, your history, where you come from and how we are all connected. All through April sharing HER story. This was a beautiful, powerful story and I urge everyone to go see it. You will leave moved and inspired.

sweet - jannica olin


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In this honest and powerful look at what it looks like for a woman to BECOME “Mommy,” April brings poetic writing, filled with love, and play, and loss to life in an incredibly vivid way. I loved the writing that moved so gracefully from impactful moment to out loud belly laughs and on to quiet tears. Really beautiful and raw. April’s performance was the perfect compliment, feeling almost like a dance as she created living moments along her journey of motherhood. Very moving.

sweet - Heather Dowling


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Touching Exploration of motherhood - inviting the audience to share moments of humor and tenderness, highlighting truisms about millennial parenting - “your heart lives outside your body” and an appreciation for the challenges of being a parent.
This one woman show demonstrates the actress’s ability to provide richness to multiple characters

sweet - ELOISE COOPERSMITH


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April’s show is everything we feel as a mom all wrapped up in 80 mins. Seeing yourself in your children is both amazing and difficult and it creates so many feelings about we make decisions. Family is so important and it’s obvious that it is very important to April. It is funny, cringeworthy, heartfelt, and uplifting!

sweet - Megan Ford Miller


Monique LeBleu

April Wish's high “Clementine” is a hilarious take on Motherhood. Through her travels and travails, perils and escapades, and overall “Miss-adventures” with her daughter Clementine, Wish shares with equal and intense passion about her children through both the funny and the downright painful aspects of childbearing, child rearing, and childhood “projecting.” As she wades through a stage chock full of toys, costumes, and the stuff of childhood fantasies, along with the use of projections of some rather hysterical early videos, Wish presents a series of anecdotes that segue well between her own creative childhood, her desire and pursuit as an actress, the the effects of motherhood on her body, her marriage, and her career. In there as well is some very poignant history and reflections on her family's own heritage and those she had more to say to. Sounds like a lot? It is. About 75 minutes worth. But Wish does bring a lot of charm to fill it. (NO EXTERNAL URL LINK)

sweet - Monique LeBleu - LA Beat - ...read full review


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Clementine is motherhood accurately portrayed on stage from the tempo, to the flashbacks, to the emotions. It’s so relatable and honest. It was like looking in a mirror; I saw my mother, my grandmother, and myself in April. She captured the raw universal truth, pain, and joy of motherhood. It was beautiful and I cried through most of it, even the happy parts!

sweet - Christi Pedigo


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April is a gifted actor and writer. I haven’t seen anyone so easily and gracefully transition from light-hearted playfulness to deep-seated rage or longing in a long time. And her absolutely stunning writing and creative metaphors aren’t any less impressive. I found myself often looking away from the stage to pause for a moment of discovery or to ease the grimace I found on my face when something April said or did affected me in that particular way only April knows how to do.
I am so grateful and pleased that her show showcases not only motherhood but womanhood in so many colorful ways. Thank you, April. It’s about time.

sweet - Lara Repko


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AMAZING Show! So very glad April found her way back to the Stage! What Incredible Talent - Writing and Acting Skill! Truly a Master Class on so many levels! Clementine - the show and the child - birthed an Incredible Straight from the Heart - multi-faceted Wonder of the World . . . April Wade Wish! I left thinking: "this girl truly deserves her own Sitcom!"

sweet - ABLESSEDEVENT


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A realistic, relatable story about the dichotomy of motherhood ranging from never wanting to let your kids out of your sight to wishing they'd leave you alone for at least two seconds so you can go to the bathroom. April expertly sparks laughter through tears when she talks about how her life has evolved once she became a mother. I loved it. The writing is so truthful. There were several bits that absolutely pierced my heart with poignancy. My kids are in their twenties, but the memories of our family when they were little came flooding back with every word April spoke. Plus, I loved her set design. It was spot-on accurate and reminiscent of when everything in my house was some form of large colored plastic. Go see this show, then run home, call your mom, and tell her you love her.

sweet - Stacy Dymalski


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This was not just a look into the messiness and beauty that is motherhood ( which I personally can’t relate to), but a story about one’s identity. Losing it, finding it, and figuring out who we are somewhere in between all that ( and that I can absolutely relate to). April’s powerful story has you think back at all the relationships in your own life. It brings you back to your own childhood and one’s thoughts and dreams. It makes you aware of your lineage, your past, your history, where you come from and how we are all connected. All through April sharing HER story. This was a beautiful, powerful story and I urge everyone to go see it. You will leave moved and inspired.

sweet - jannica olin


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In this honest and powerful look at what it looks like for a woman to BECOME “Mommy,” April brings poetic writing, filled with love, and play, and loss to life in an incredibly vivid way. I loved the writing that moved so gracefully from impactful moment to out loud belly laughs and on to quiet tears. Really beautiful and raw. April’s performance was the perfect compliment, feeling almost like a dance as she created living moments along her journey of motherhood. Very moving.

sweet - Heather Dowling


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Touching Exploration of motherhood - inviting the audience to share moments of humor and tenderness, highlighting truisms about millennial parenting - “your heart lives outside your body” and an appreciation for the challenges of being a parent.
This one woman show demonstrates the actress’s ability to provide richness to multiple characters

sweet - ELOISE COOPERSMITH


Avatar

April’s show is everything we feel as a mom all wrapped up in 80 mins. Seeing yourself in your children is both amazing and difficult and it creates so many feelings about we make decisions. Family is so important and it’s obvious that it is very important to April. It is funny, cringeworthy, heartfelt, and uplifting!

sweet - Megan Ford Miller