April, 2018: The reviews are out for Star Pocket Theatre’s The Member of the Wedding!

“While Frankie is loudly and energetically itching to come out, her neighbor John Henry West (promising newcomer Charlie Sirois) is just beginning to explore the world in defiance of gender expectations, using few words while doing so.”

Dustin K. Britt, for Chatham Life and Style

Martie are excited to both be performing on stage in the area premier of Carson McCuller’s The Member of the Wedding, adapted from her 1946 novel of the same name. This play will be the first production of Star Pocket Theatre Collective, co-founded by the brilliant artistic team of Areon Mobasher & Mackie Raymond, and produced by Brent Wilson,

Star Pocket Theatre Collective is an assembly of creators devoted to authentic, enchanting, and explorative storytelling in all its forms. Based in Raleigh, NC, Star Pocket is creating theatre that is accessible, exciting, and relevant to people of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities throughout the surrounding Triangle area. The performances will be during the end of September, 2017, location TBD.

Charlie is playing the role of John Henry, a pivotal role making up one of the trifecta of main characters, Frankie Addams, Berenice Sadie Brown, and John Henry West. Martie is playing the role of Aunt Pet, John Henry’s mother.

Throughout Martie’s 30+ year career on stage, she is thrilled that with The Member of the Wedding, she can say finally she has shared the stage with each one of her three children: with Jack (as Little Paolo) and Martie (as Strega Nona) in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Merry Christmas, Strega Nona; and with Kate (as Josie) and Martie (as “Mom,” the narrator) in Sing Me A Story: A Gilbert & Sullivan Concert, presented by The Durham Savoyards at Raleigh Little Theatre.

Martie, Matt, and Charlie were honored to have been invited to participate in the Peabody award-winning broadcast, StoryCorps, in September of 2016. Their story recording was chosen to be featured on air sometime around September, 2017. StoryCorps can be heard with weekly broadcasts debuting on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Martie was honored to be invited and will be the guest lecturer on the topic of gender and gender identity for an undergraduate Psychology class at N.C. State University this coming spring semester, on April 11th, 2017, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Nov. 5, 2016: Educate with Pride! Martie will be presenting in the Safe Schools of NC LGBTQ Conference for Educators at Smith Middle School in Chapel-Hill, NC. Her panel is: Parent/Educator Roundtable: Understanding and Working with Transgender Students and Families.

Twitter handle: @SafeSchools_NC

Official hashtag: #EducateWithPride

Sept. 30, 2016, Raleigh News & Observer…

Story here: Raleigh Family in Spotlight After Facebook Post on Gender Creative Son

Video here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article104986656.html

Sept. 22, 2016, Upworthy Original Video:

Sept. 16, 2016, BuzzFeed News:

Story here: A Mom Thanked a Girls’ Clothing Store For Making Her Gender-Nonconforming Kid Feel Welcome

Martie can be seen on stage September 22-25, 2016 as Odette Annette Barnett, the loudmouth bar fly who has a sad secret, in Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies.

This moving, award-winning play will be presented September 22-25, 2016, at Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park, and tickets are on sale now, here: http://www.etix.com/ticket/v/2482/ira-david-wood-iii-pullen-park-theatre-theatre-in-the-park