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Nora’s Salon South debuts on October 25th with Martha Pichey’s “Ashes & Ink”!

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The Nora Salon is coming to Montgomery, Alabama! Our first ever gathering of Nora’s Salon South is Thursday, October 25! We are excited to invite you to join us for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of a play currently in development with Nora’s Playhouse: Martha Pichey’s Ashes & Ink.

To fans of The Nora Salon in NYC:  Don’t worry! We’ll be back with a new piece in November. Stay tuned for all of the details!

Ashes & Ink

Molly would do anything for her son, especially since the death of her husband. But trying to keep Quinn on track after he descended into addiction means she’s close to going off the rails herself. Now he’s just out of rehab with the chance to audition for a place at the world’s best drama school. Molly wants to trust him. She wants him well more than anything. But how does a mother move on and make room for new love when she’s consumed with the life of her son?


Nora’s Salon South: Ashes & Ink
Thursday, October 25th at 7pm
461 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL
hosted by Mission House

Please email us at to add your name to the guest list.

Suggested donation: $10


The Nora Salon is BACK on Friday, September 21st with “The Great Forgotten”

Posted by in Nora Salon, Past Events

Our next gathering of The Nora Salon is Friday, September 21! We hope you’ll join us for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of an excerpt from Kacie and Karen Devaney’s two-act play: The Great Forgotten.

WWI nurses

In 1917, Elizabeth is one of the first registered nurses to offer her services in France when the United States finally enters World War I. Her sister Celia, an artist at heart, never shies away from adventure, so she signs up as a volunteer to aide in the Great War, tagging along with Elizabeth for what she imagines will be an exciting experience. Together with their fellow nurses, the sisters are faced with the gruesome realities of trench warfare as they struggle to save the thousands of wounded soldiers who pass through base hospital 21. Through friendship, tears, and laughter, these unsung heroes perform extraordinary acts of courage, even when it means risking their own lives.

With the World War I centennial just around the corner on November 11th, we hope you will join us for the premiere reading of this new, completely revised version of The Great Forgotten by mother-daughter playwrighting team Kacie and Karen Devaney.


The Nora Salon: The Great Forgotten
Friday, September 21st at 7pm
550 West 45th Street in Midtown West, Manhattan
hosted by Ben Dwoken

Please email us at to add your name to the guest list. You’ll receive the apartment number and directions in a separate email when your reservation is confirmed.

Suggested donation: $10


“Stellar!” “Inspiring!” “Powerful!” Audiences and Critics agree! “whatdoesfreemean?” is a must-see!

Posted by in Past Events, Productions, Reviews

Don’t miss whatdoesfreemean?,
the show critics are calling “heartbreaking,” “inspiring,”
a “searing and poignant narrative,” and a “tour de force performance!”

Playing at The Tank, now through July 22nd!

Brenda Crawley as Ann and Lisa Strum as Mary in the Nora’s Playhouse production of Catherine Filloux’s whatdoesfreemean?, playing now through July 22 at The Tank (312 West 36th Street, NYC). (photo credit: Veronica Bella)

Tickets are only $20. Available at or at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain. No late seating.


“Life behind bars has long been a dramatic staple and the inspiring whatdoesfreemean? trods this familiar territory with fierce emotion and presentational verve…. Lisa Strum is towering and shattering as Mary.”
– Darryl Reilly,

“Sometimes ‘Theater with a Message’ can be preachy or heavy-handed, but this show is far from that…. whatdoesfreemean? approaches incarceration with depth and candor and a bit of whimsy….
Come downtown and experience!
– Tara Kennedy, OnStage Blog

“In a tour de force performance, Lisa Strum fully inhabits Mary’s psyche. With wide eyes that refuse to turn away from life’s pain, Ms. Strum’s Mary is emotionally and physically complex, vulnerable and brimming with truth. Ms. Filloux’s anguished and at times poetic dialogue flows effortlessly in Ms. Strum’s interpretation.”
– Navida Stein, Stage Buddy


“The production is truly wonderful. The writing, directing,  acting—all stellar. And what a story to tell!”

A powerful and imaginative work, dealing with one of our open wounds, the widespread practice of solitary confinement. Most disturbing and compelling. And [Lisa Strum as] Mary was splendid.”

“It’s a play that stays with us.”

“It’s the most moving piece of theater I’ve ever seen!

whatdoesfreemean? by Catherine Filloux | at The Tank July 6-22

whatdoesfreemean? is the latest work by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux. Directed by Amy S. Green, the cast of whatdoesfreemean? includes James Edward Becton*, Brenda Crawley, Justin Jorrell, Galway McCullough*, Liz Morgan*, and Lisa Strum* as Mary.
Scenic and Lighting Design by Phoebe Mauro. Projection and Sound Design by Sadah Espii Proctor. Costume Design by Rashidah Nelson. Fight Choreography by Galway McCullough. Stage Management by Karen Oughtred. General Management by Rebecca Lovett. Graphic Design by Veronica Bella. General Press Representative is Susan L. Schulman.

The Tank | 312 W 36th St, NYC

whatdoesfreemean? was developed with the support of Nora’s Playhouse.
The Nora’s Playhouse production of whatdoesfreemean? is presented by The Tank.
This production is an Equity-approved showcase. *Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association