I Killed My Mother


"I Killed My Mother" is a fiction based on the true story of one of the many Romanian orphans born under the reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Communist dictator who outlawed both contraception and abortion. Thousands of desperate women were forced to abandon their newborn babies, and many of the orphanages and juvenile homes created to deal with them suffered from appalling conditions and abusive staff. The two-person play tells the story of Bernadette, a girl who grows up in a series of Romanian orphanages after being abandoned by her mother. With the help of her friend Clip, she learns to transcend the incessant brutality of her surroundings and turn her back on parasitic relationships, even the maternal bond, in order to realize her own extraordinary identity.