M-other explores what it might take for the mothers of one country to authentically care about the children of another country. The show’s opening describes a fictional program, called “Baby Swapping,” created by the United Nations to generate concern for the world’s children. In this small pilot program, seven mothers from seven nations are required by their governments to swap their six-month-old babies with for one month. What follows is an intimate look at one of these mother’s experiences and her eventual realization of her interconnectedness with these other mothers, their children, and their nations.
Even though the UN program featured in the performance M-other is not real, the issues presented in the show are thoroughly researched and are very real. Mothers from each nation represented in this show were interviewed and many of their own words are in the script.