"Lena Dunham's Girls meets Charlie Kaufman"
MOUTHPIECE is a powerful, funny and highly original look into the conflicted psyche of Cassandra Haywood - a fiercely independent millennial woman. Cass is a single writer who lives by her own rules. She’s also a bit of a disaster.
Following the sudden death of her mother, Elaine (Maev Beaty), Cass finds herself in crisis, unable to think straight, with a debate raging inside her head. MOUTHPIECE makes this invisible conflict visible as Cassandra (Amy Nostbakken & Norah Sadava) battle it out while trying to write the eulogy that, for some mysterious reason, the whole family is dead set against. While she tries to accomplish an overwhelming set of funeral arrangements, her brother, Danny (Jake Epstein), father Chris (Ari Cohen) and even her aunt Jane (Paula Boudreau) all try to convince her not to speak. She insists it must be her.
But what will she say? Every attempt opens up a new raging internal battle. Which, on screen, manifests as insults, wrestling and the occasional drowning.
Adapted from the multi-award winning play of the same name, MOUTHPIECE unfolds through raucous jokes, musical numbers and heartbreaking memories that add up to a deeply moving and political portrait of a mother and a daughter as seen through the eyes of one conflicted young woman.
Director: Patricia Rozema
Writers: Patricia Rozema, Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava
Cinematography: Catherine Lutes
Film Editing: Lara Johnston
Music: Amy Nostbakken
Principal Cast: Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, Maev Beaty, Jake Epstein, Jess Salgueiro, Ari Cohen, Paula Boudreau and Taylor Belle Puterman
Executive Producers: Alex Brisbourne, Angela Brisbourne, Martha McCain, Martha Meredith, Kathleen Ramsay, Maria Martin Stanley
Producers: Christina Piovesan, Patricia Rozema, Jennifer Shin