Mom's Ham

TEN MINUTE: A ten-minute adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MOM’S HAM follows a woman’s desperate attempt to make a perfect Christmas feast in honor of her mother’s recent passing.
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Mom's Ham

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  • Julie Zaffarano:
    7 Dec. 2018
    In a fun and non-preachy way, this play reminds us that perfection does not bring happiness. Facing the first Christmas without my mom is a few weeks, I’m so glad to have read this play. Thank you, Rachel Bublitz.
  • Elana Gartner:
    1 Aug. 2018
    An excellent nod to "A Christmas Carol" while watching a family deal with the loss of the matriarch for the first time at the holidays. A lovely funny ending.
  • Claudia Haas:
    21 May. 2018
    So I found myself in this play. I think we all will. Holiday tradition, the past, present and just possibly the future combine for the perfect ham, A play ripe for a holiday where being perfect is overrated. A beautiful take on tradition and perfectionism.

Character Information

  • Jennifer
    40's to mid 50's,
    Female
    A Christmas-sized ball of stress.
  • Santa Claus
    50+,
    Male
    White beard, wears a red suit. His belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
  • Michael
    40's to mid 50's
    Jennifer's husband.
  • Rebecca
    late 30's to early 40's
    Jennifer's younger sister.
  • Phoebe
    teenager,
    Female
    Jennifer's daughter.
  • Grace
    30's to 40's
    Jennifer and Rebecca's mother.
  • Eric
    teenager
    Phoebe's boyfriend. Amorous.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Utah New Works Theatre Project
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Utah New Works Theatre Project
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Conference, Region Seven
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Clairemont Act One
    ,
    2018

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Gary Garrison Ten Minute Play Award
,
Kennedy Center
,
2015
Finalist
,
Emerging Playwright Award
,
,
2014