"During this time, they learn new fathering skills from each other, vastly improving their fatherhood toolbox."
The Fatherhood Manologues Trailer
"All the stories will take you on an emotional roller coaster that reminds the audience of the important role fathers play in the lives of their children"
The Fatherhood Manologues is a part of a greater initiative to highlight the importance, value and contributions of fathers through their involvement and presence in their children’s lives.
The development of the Fatherhood Manologues allows men to come together behind the common goal of fatherhood. Each participant in the Manologues identifies a story from his life and works with the team to develop the story to have the greatest impact as a performance. Through weekly practice sessions, participants trim their stories, memorize and hone their delivery to performance level. After each practice session, “the group” spends time talking and bonding about their personal fatherhood journeys. During this time, they learn new fathering skills from each other, vastly improving their fatherhood toolbox. The process to develop the Fatherhood Manologues is therapeutic, empowering and supportive to the men that participate.
Fatherhood Manologues is an exhilarating collection of “Moth-like” short stories about fatherhood. Each story provides a unique point of view on being a father or being fathered (a.k.a. fatherhood). All the stories will take you on an emotional roller coaster that reminds the audience of the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. The significance of having an involved fathers or the impact of father absenteeism is felt in each of the personally delivered stories. With societal stereotypes and social expectations wrapped tightly around the term “fatherhood” Fatherhood Manologues is a much-needed artistic expression of men creating their own narratives. Funny, entertaining, serious and sad, these stories will have you wanting to reconnect and repair broken relationships; as well as, reflect on the bond with your own father.
After the performance, a discussion and/or q&a is held to unpack the stories and elaborate on the themes expressed. The discussion is also an opportunity for the audience to share what they felt through the performance and share the impact the Fatherhood Manologues had on them.
Flyer from first show.
"Fatherhood: A Sacred Calling" by Jean Amos Lys
"Father's Perseverance" by Demetrius Chamblee
"1-2-3 Moments with my Dad" by Elbert Gray
"Blood doesn't make you a father" by Keith Davis
"My Biggest Fan" by Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad
"Lessons from my father's generation" by Jesse White III
"Three Magical Words" by Kevin Booker Jr.
"My Son" by Malik Camplain
"The Fatherless Checklist" by Tariko Satterfield, Sr.
"Thank-you" by Keith Gaston