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–October 15, 2009

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File: NR- The Ticking Clock Project
Photo:  Rose Bell and Jody Gehrman





When local author and English professor Jody Gehrman applied for funds to start work on The Ticking Clock Project, she knew it was a huge undertaking.  “For years I’ve been interested in researching and writing about women’s relationships to their biological clocks. I wanted to gather the stories of moms, non-moms, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, teen moms—every permutation—and find out how their choices have shaped their lives.” When she received the Mendocino College MacMillan Endowed Chair Award in 2008, she knew her work had just begun.


Joining forces with longtime local theater artist Rose Bell, they put together a team of Ukiah women with various areas of expertise, from sociology to early childhood development. After purchasing some recording devices and setting up a web site, the team decided on a set of questions to ask women via in-person interviews and online questionnaires.


“We’ve gathered about a hundred and fifty women’s stories now,” says Bell, “and still they keep pouring in as the word gets out. There’s a lot of enthusiasm around the project, and we expect that momentum will carry over into the production.”


The script Gehrman wrote based on these interviews will premier at the Mendocino College Center Theatre in January 2010. Auditions will be held October 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mendocino College Little Theatre. The script requires actresses from teens to women in their seventies.


“You don’t need any previous acting experience to audition, nor do you need to prepare anything,” says Bell. “We want a diverse ensemble, both in terms of age and ethnicity. Everyone cast in the show will enroll in the Community Theatre Ensemble class, which gives you CSU transferable credit. It’s a great opportunity to perform without the usual demands of nightly rehearsals.”


For more information, visit the web site: or send an email to Jody Gehrman ( or call (707) 468-3150.







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