The 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.

80 minutes

illustration by Nicole Chaison

“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

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

“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

Characters

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