Written and Performed by Doreen Oliver


Doreen Oliver is the writer and performer of this humorous & gripping one-woman show that explores the relationship between mothers and their children, and the ability to accept those you love, even if they’re not who you expected.

Doreen is a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script after her son is diagnosed with autism. As she tries everything the experts advise to help her young son become more “normal,” she seeks strength from her mother and aunts, a funny, irrepressible crew of old-school African-American matriarchs born and raised in Newark, NJ. Doreen abandons her career and focuses all of her attention on her son, who, despite her efforts, is not progressing the way she hoped. Under the loving yet scrutinizing eye of her mother, Doreen feels like she’s failing the one job that matters most.

A candid look at how we try to change the people that matter most to us, and how we cope when we realize we can’t.

MAC is currently securing single performance through week-long engagements beginning in the Fall of 2018 through Spring of 2021.

+ About Doreen Oliver

As a writer, producer and performer, Doreen debuted her one-woman show, Everything is Fine Until It's Not at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) in August 2016. Along with receiving critical acclaim, it was designated a FringeFAVE and set the record for the fastest sell-out of a run in the festival’s 20-year history. In fall of 2017, the show premiered Off-Broadway via the United Solo Festival with five sold-out performances and won the United Solo & Backstage Audience Award.

Doreen’s essays on autism, race and the chaos and contradictions of motherhood have appeared in several national publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. She has performed her pieces at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Symphony Space and the South Orange Performing Arts Center, and was twice selected for the national storytelling showcase, “Listen To Your Mother.”

As a producer and head of development for Lee Daniels Entertainment, Doreen helped bring to the big screen such independent films as the Oscar-winning Precious (Mo’Nique), Shadowboxer (Helen Mirren), and The Woodsman (Kevin Bacon). Early in her career, she created and produced the sold-out talent showcase series “Frustrated Artists in Corporate America,” which included appearances by then up-and-coming talents actor/comedian Demetri Martin and Tony-nominee Anika Larsen. She also honed her storytelling skills working in Original Programming at HBO in Los Angeles.

Doreen is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was a Charles Bonini fellow. She has been awarded residencies and grants from Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Louis Sudler Fund for the Arts at Yale, and is an alum of Tin House Summer Writers Workshop and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

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+ Awards & Nominations

  • 2017 Winner of United Solo & Backstage Audience Award
  • 2016 FringeFAVE at the New York International Fringe Festival

+ Production History

  • Montclair State University, Todd Ouida Foundation Conference sponsored by the MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, May 2018
  • Montclair Film in partnership with Vanguard Theater Company, April 2018
  • Raritan Valley Community College, March 2018
  • United Solo Festival, September-November 2017 (Sold Out Run)
  • New York International Fringe Festival, August 2016, Under St. Marks (Broke record for fastest sell-out of run in festival’s 20-year history)