Divorce inspires theater performance

Jennifer Morris, an actor and playwright in New York, was inspired by her parents’ divorce and the contested objects involved to create a work of theater, the Huffington Post reports. The play is called “You Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents’ Divorce.”

Morris collaborated with fellow actors from her Brooklyn-based theater company, The Civilians, who were children of divorce to shape the performance. Each actor conducted interviews with their parents regarding their married and unmarried lives. In the performance, the actors portray one or both of their own parents.

The show is set to premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts on August 16.

For Morris, the play was truly inspired by one lone object – a Tiffany Lamp that became the focal point of her parents’ divorce. Her father claimed the lamp was part of his family’s inheritance as it was his mother’s. Her mother argued that it was her because she had put her name on it as they divided up the woman’s possessions after her death. It always stood out to Morris, even decades after the divorce, how an inanimate object could create such emotions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the divorce rate in the U.S. is 3.4 per 1,000 population.