Perfect Mothers

Book by Pam Lobley, Music and Lyrics by Tina deVaron

Perfect Mothers

at The Studio at Theatre Row

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

When a town's most beloved first grade teacher is replaced by biker-chick Miss Grace, four concerned mothers go on the warpath. Their desire to make everything right for their children quickly makes everything go wrong. Can they find the line between mother and monster?

Please help fund this reading! All donations will go directly to NYMF for our show and are tax deductible. For $100, you get 2 tickets to the reading; for $500, a copy of Tina's upcoming CD of 8 new originals plus 2 tickets; $1000, a custom-made song by Tina, and 2 tickets to the reading.

Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission.

Please Note: Platinum or Diamond Members and Patrons may book tickets online. Tickets will be released to the General Public 48 hours prior to curtain on an as available basis.

Pam Lobley (Book)

Pam Lobley is a humor columnist for; her columns have also appeared in many newspapers throughout the country, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Bergen Record. As a playwright and sketch comedian, Pam’s work has appeared in clubs and theatres throughout New York City including Caroline’s, West Bank Café, Stand Up New York, Gotham City Improv, with the theatre companies Naked Angels and New Georges, and with Gross National Product and the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C.  In addition, she has co-authored a book: You Definitely Know You’re A Mom When… Pam is a graduate of The Goodman School of Drama/DePaul University.

Tina deVaron (Music / Lyrics)

Tina deVaron is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist whose scintillating combination of original songs about motherhood and piano/vocal jazz chops have made her a favorite with audiences around the country. Tina has also garnered success as a Billboard charting songwriter: her song "Adore You," recorded by the Grammy-nominated group Anointed, reached #1 on the Gospel charts, and her dance track "If I Close My Eyes" rose to #2 on the dance radio charts. Her heart-warming original songs about motherhood have touched audiences coast-to-coast, received radio play, won her an invitation to the White House, and been used on MTV. Tina’s first solo CD, If Mama Ain’t Happy, released on her own label and featuring Tina performing her warm and sassy songs about motherhood, has earned her a fan base of mothers from California to Maine, and she followed up with two more releases, Who Loves the Children? and the most recent success, Water Over Stones. In the fall of 2011, Tina opened a Jazz brunch for families at the Setai Hotel, called Tunes with Tina. Due to popular demand, “Tunes” has just opened for its second season. At NYC's Carlyle Hotel, home to the world's jazz legends, her weekly family sing-along event has sold out for seven years, and she will open her eighth-year-season there on November 3, 2012. CBS TV’s Family Matters dubbed her The First Mother of Songwriting, and NBC called her music “The perfect mother’s day gift — just for Mom.” Mom blogs have raved about her mom "anthems," and called Tina "phenomenal." New York Times columnist Lisa Belkin calls Tina's music, "The soundtrack of my life!"

Tina was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of world-renowned choral conductor, Lorna Cooke deVaron. She began her career as an undergraduate at Princeton University, and after moving to New York upon graduation, secured a long-running engagement as pianist at the Waldorf Hotel performing on Cole Porter’s piano. She lives in Manhattan with her main inspirations: her sons, Nicholas and Joseph, and their father and her husband, noted author Peter Lerangis.

Amy Bodnar

Amy Bodnar (Catherine)

Amy Bodnar has starred in musicals and plays on and off Broadway, in national tours in the United States and Canada and in major regional theaters across the country. She is thrilled to continue her association with Perfect Mothers in a role that she has played since it's genesis

Jenn Colella

Jenn Colella (Miss Grace)

Broadway: Urban Cowboy (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), High Fidelity, and Hedda Hopper in Chaplin.  Off Broadway:  Closer Than Ever, Lucky Guy, Slut, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Don't Quit Your Night Job. Other favorite credits include: Amelia Earhart in Take Flight (McCarter), Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Stephen Sondheim PAC), Daisy in Sideshow (Kennedy Center), Kiki in Kiki Baby (Outstanding Individual Performance Award, NYMF). TV: "Cashmere Mafia, "Rescue Me," "The Good Wife. Film: Uncertainty (opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Jenn proudly holds an MFA in Acting from UCI.

Adriane Lenox (Ruth)

Adriane Lenox has appeared in numerous Broadway productions including: Dreamgirls and Doubt (for which she received a Tony Award). Off Broadway her credits include: Dinah Was, Caroline or Change, and Cavedweller to name a few. She has had recurring roles on 30 Rock, Damages, and Lipstick Jungle and guest spots on the Law and Order franchise. Upcoming films are: The Butler, Mister and Pete, Affluenza. She has been seen as Denise Oher in The Blind Side and opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Black Snake Moan.

Kenita Miller

Kenita Miller (Jennifer)

B'way/Off B'way: Working (Drama Desk Award), Xanadu (Erato/Kira Cover), The Color Purple (Celie), Dessa Rose (Dessa), Langston In Harlem as Zora Neale Hurston (Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award). National Tours/Regional: Once on This Island (Mama Euralie/ Timoune),The Color Purple,The Civil War, Woody Guthrie American Songbook, Ragtime (Sarah).   Film/TV: Hostages, "Liberty City Is Like Paris To Me" (Sundance), Sesame Street.  LOVE.

Nancy Opel (Judy)

Shelley Butler (Director)

Shelley Butler is a New York-based director who has worked extensively with writers on new plays and musicals.  Recent productions include the critically acclaimed world premiere production of This is Fiction by Megan Hart, starring Richard Masur at Cherry Lane (InViolet Rep), The Borrowers, James and the Giant Peach (South Coast Repertory), No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater), Agamemnon 2.0 (Cadbury Theatre, UK), world premieres of Christina Gorman's Sacred Ground (Stella Adler), Ruth McKee’s The Nightshade Family (SPF), John Glore’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time (South Coast Repertory) and Eric Coble's Straight On 'Til Morning (Great Lakes Theater Festival). NewYork premiere of Adam Rapp's Mistral (Drama League). Educational productions of Much Ado About Nothing (Powerhouse Theater), BeckettShorts (LIU Post) and Kid Simple (UNC MFA Program).  Shelley spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival. She has directed and developed new work for HartfordStage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, Primary Stages, New Dramatists, the Lark, New Georges, Women’s Project, Dixon Place, The Playwright’s Realm, Urban Stages, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, Keen Company, Terra Nova, GroundUp, InViolet Rep, and NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Shelley is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee with rotations on E.R., Bones, The Unit and multiple pilots and a member of SDC, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Laband the Women’s Project Directors Lab.  Upcoming: The Most Deserving by Catherine Trieschmann (Denver Center Theatre Company).

Joseph Church (Music Director)

Joseph Church is best known for his work as music director and supervisor of two groundbreaking Broadway musicals, The Who’s Tommy and The Lion King. He has worked on dozens of other productions as music director, conductor, keyboardist, or arranger, on and Off Broadway, nationwide, and worldwide, among them, Little Shop Of Horrors, Randy Newman’s Faust, Mask: The Musical, Les Misérables, In The Heights, Sister Act, and many others. Also an active composer, Joe has written incidental music for film, television, and over thirty plays, and his musical version of the Oscar-nominated The Thief received its premiere in 2009 in Los Angeles. Joe holds a doctorate in composition from NYU, where he teaches composition and conducting.