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Posted on March 6, 2017

Rose Weaver ’73 is bringing her one-woman show back to the local stage, performing "Menopause Mama" in Providence, R.I. throughout the month of March.

The 70-minute musical and comedy show, which originally opened in 2002 with sold-out shows at the Perishable Theatre in Providence, features a cast of characters—all played by Weaver—who cope with menopause and other aspects of aging.

"Even today most people choose not to speak about the change of life and sweep their questions and concerns under the rug," Weaver told the Cranston Herald. "'Menopause Mama' is here to tell them we’re not buying into society’s negative images about growing older.”

Among the fans of the show is women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause and other books on women’s health. Northrup called the show “a wonderful theatrical experience regardless of whether or not you have any interest in menopause and whether or not you’re female,” the Cranston Herald reported.

An actress, singer and playwright with almost 30 years of experience, Weaver took a hiatus from performing several years ago and is returning to the stage with this revival of "Menopause Mama."

She performed the show March 5 at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island and will be at the Pot au Feu Salon in Providence on March 21–25, among other locations.

Weaver holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton as well as a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Brown University. She has performed on stage and in TV shows and films, including in the 1988 film "The Accused," starring Jodie Foster.

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