Living on the Moon

Molly McFadden


"Living on the Moon" A play filled with music, puppetry, humor and love between a mother and daughter facing truths and letting go.


50 minutes


Hermit Club

Great Hall


Thursday 8/3 @ 7:30PM
Friday 8/4 @ 10:00PM
Saturday 8/5 @ 4:45PM




Recommended For

Ages 18+


Cabaret, Puppetry, Scripted Play


ADA Accessible, Bar/Alcohol, Concessions/Food, Festival Box Office & Info, Festival Social Hub, Restrooms

Living on the Moon


"Living on the Moon" a play filled with music, puppetry, humor and love between a mother and daughter facing truths and letting go. You can't heal what you're not aware of, and what’s holding you back. Facing the truth is what "Living on the Moon" is all about and the freedom for one woman to let go. Tonight, "Living on the Moon" will take you on that journey between Molly, her daughter and Molly's mom who comes back as a puppet called Memory. Memory and Kate having the love and courage to encourage Molly to face her reality and her truth so she can go back onstage and live life to its fullest. Through the performance you will see what the impact of Alzheimer's had on Molly when she went through that journey with her mother's illness. Molly's mother returns as a puppet (Memory) who along with Molly's daughter; Kate helping Molly to finally...let go and be free.

Written and performed by Molly McFadden along with Kate Smith. Directed by David Munnell. Music performed by pianist Jiana Peng.

Molly McFadden
Kate Smith

Music performed by pianist Jiana Peng
Directed by David Munnell

Molly McFadden


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Molly most recently won The Outside Circle Theater Project the play, "The Downside"

“What we were looking for, we found in her play,” said Charlita Anderson-White, OCTP founder and advisory board chair. “It’s completely outside the realm of what we thought we were looking for. I didn’t consider someone would approach from an ageism perspective, but it fit perfectly. We were moved and touched by the conversations in this play.”

Versatility is Molly’s trademark. She holds an MFA from Florida State University at the Asolo Repertory Theater. As an actress she had worked in theater in NYC and numerous Equity theaters throughout the country, as well as doing commercials and film before turning to playwriting. She wrote and performed her one woman show based on Tennessee William’s women “Waiting in the Dark” at Circle Rep. followed by working at the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium where she was one of the original organizers writing and performing for the first workshop alongside Julie Wilson, Sylvia Syms and Margaret Whiting. She also worked with Jim Henson and other artists writing and collaborating on a special for the HBO special celebrating the magic of puppetry. While living in New York she studied acting with well-known Theatrical Coach Allen Savage; performing in numerous theatrical productions and singing at a variety of clubs and concerts. Molly is a stylist of note and was featured in the New York Times "As an up-and-coming performer with a stunning voice in a disappearing genre".

To date her plays include “SCRATCH” musical based on the “Devil and Daniel Webster” she composed the music, and her husband Brian McFadden wrote the book. It was produced at the Midland Center for the Arts in Michigan receiving the Michigan Arts AWARD. “Living on the Moon” is her show about her journey with her Mother’s Alzheimer’s which was written and performed by Molly and receiving funding from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. It was produced in Cleveland at the Ensemble Theatre as well as being featured at Cleveland Public Theater and then going on to the York Theater in New York. She wrote “The Man and the Myth” about John Malvin for Station Hope at Cleveland Public Theater as well as composing the music. Other plays in progress for production are, "Broadway Baby" “In the Still of the Night, “Cease Not to Think of Me” and “The Downside”

Molly currently lives in Cleveland, OH with her husband Brian McFadden who is an O’Neill National Playwright recipient and together they participate in playwriting groups where they continue to write and develop new works. Molly also continues to perform.

Living on the Moon
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