“The most profound and harrowing of Ms. Herzog’s many fine plays.” —Jesse Green, New York Times
“An exquisite, bracing drama…An unblinking portrayal of endurance in the narrow parallel universe of the chronically unwell, and what it’s like when the walls start closing in…The writer’s mix of sympathy and showmanship is gorgeously ruthless.” —David Cote, Village Voice
“A wrenching tale of everyday heroism that is all the more touching for its total lack of sentimentality. I’ve never seen a more honest portrayal of the day-to-day demands of caregiving, or a more moving tribute to a mother’s love. It might just be Ms. Herzog’s best play to date.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
Armed with medicines, feeding tubes, and various medical equipment, Mary Jane is a single mother and indefatigable force when it comes to caring for her young, sick child. A moving play about the stalwart endurance of a devoted mother, Mary Jane demonstrates the prevailing strength of the human will when fueled by unconditional love.
Amy Herzog’s plays include 4000 Miles (Pulitzer Prize finalist), After the Revolution, Belleville, and The Great God Pan. Herzog is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whiting Writers’ Award, an Obie Award, and the Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights. Mary Jane received an Obie Award for Playwriting and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Herzog received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.