illustration by Nicole Chaison

Bess Welden made it impossible not to or no kids, this energetic woman's portrayal of the crazy life and conflicting demands of a young pure genius."        -The Portland Phoenix

Passion of the Hausfrau:
An Illuminated Solo Comedy

co-written with Annette Jolles and Nicole Chaison

A one-woman show about the hilarious misadventures of a mom who discovers that the roller coaster ride of raising young kids is actually the path to creating her own masterpiece. A live-performance graphic novel with original illustrations.

“A sophisticated, punchy script that delivers pathos that's palatable, understanding that is not sentimental, and still genuinely originally funny (for a change), really laugh out loud funny.” -​ The White Plains CitizeNet Reporter

“The Passion of the Hausfrau is more than just a cutesy sketch piece. It is thoughtful, creative, and intelligent - just like the hausfrau herself.”           -Scarsdale Inquirer

80 minutes



A female solo performer, multiple characters

Production History & Development

  • Productions: Portland Stage Company, Freeport Factory Stage, Commonweal Theatre, White Plains Performing Arts Center, The Downstage @ L/A Arts, The Frontier, Seacoast Fringe Festival, Mom to Mom Summit

  • Two week show development residency at ENVISION, Voice & Vision Theater at Bard College

  • Readings in Little Festival of the Unexpected (Portland Stage) and Bowdoin College Theater & Dance

©2017 by Bess Welden