Past Projects

My Mother Had Two Faces is an autobiographical one-woman dramatic comedy that dares to expose
what lies beneath the mask of the perfect mother. Discovering her mother’s diaries after her passing,
Karin, the heroine, begins to examine the history of their complicated relationship from the gritty, urban
streets of New York to her Swiss mother’s manicured orderliness.
The story follows her mother’s exodus from her homeland to pursue stardom, and how her fixation with
beauty and outward appearances influenced Karin’s sense of worth. Engaged in dialogue with her
mirrored reflection, Karin wrestles with her own inner demons.  What does the mirror uncover when we
strip away the makeup?
Presented in a pseudo-fairytale style, utilizing multimedia and theatrical masks, Karin explains “In
embodying my mother, an image of the Good Mother/Bad Mother emerged. Introducing theatrical
masks is a powerful dramatization of those roles.” Award-winning Somerville MA artist Eric Bornstein, of
Behind the Mask Studio, created the two stunningly eerie masks that personify the Good
Mother/Wicked Stepmother archetype.
Coming off a triumphant multi-city tour, critics from Hollywood to New York City praised Ms.
Trachtenberg’s performance as “riveting and poetic”, “nuanced and moving” and “an eye-opening
journey”. After the Northampton appearance, My Mother Had Two Faces is headed to the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe this summer for a month-long run at The Gilded Balloon.

My Mother Had Two Faces


Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA.