“That bed. King-sized, at least. With space for visitors, and belongings and much much more. We used to lay towels on it and have Chinese food. We used to play Scrabble… I know you love me. That you are doing your best.”

Late at night, while his baby daughter sleeps, a son makes notes on his mother’s daily life and scenes from their complicated relationship. He is shaping a play, and a perspective. Two blocks away, his mother naps, and smokes, and reads, and drinks coffee. She is shaping her existence within encroaching confines. This New York story asks how we come to know one another as parents and as children. How do we care for those we love, and what does it take to live with – and without – them?

Reviews of Notes on My Mother’s Decline

“Intimate but distant by design, Andy Bragen’s play takes us on a journey many are likely to face with an aging parent.”
The New York Times

“Bragen’s play is possessed of a stealth emotional power that is deeply felt… don’t be surprised if you hear the lines reverberating in your head for days afterward. Seeing Caroline Lagerfelt onstage again feels like catching up with an old friend. Ari Fliakos performs with unfailing concentration and commitment.”
Lighting & Sound America

Notes has a brave and graceful moral. This play has a reverence for life. You should go see it.”
Hi! Drama

“With a certain and subdued beauty, Notes on My Mother’s Decline softens the blow that expectations, memory and loss deal to a contemporary mother/son relationship.”

Click to read the TDF Interview with playwright Andy Bragen


Photos by Julieta Cervantes


OCT 6 – 27, 2019

Written by:
Andy Bragen

Directed by:
Knud Adams

Ari Fliakos
Caroline Lagerfelt

Set Design:
Marsha Ginsberg

Costume Design:
Sophia Choi

Lighting Design:
Oona Curley

Sound Design:
Peter Mills Weiss

Projection Design:
Knud Adams

Production Stage Manager:
Molly Shea

Production Manager:
Sarah George

Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop

Fourth Street Theatre
79 East 4th St.
New York, NY 10003

A co-production with Andy Bragen Theatre Projects