09 Feb
"My Mother Had Two Faces" - written and performed by Karin Trachtenberg - The Rockwell (Somerville, MA.)

The Rockwell 



One Performance Only!

Written and performed by Karin Trachtenberg


March 3, 2024 at 2:00pm 

Doors at 1:30pm / Show begins at 2:00pm

Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. NO LATE SEATING.

Rockwell sits center and front sections first, side sections last. If you want a central seat, please arrive early. 

Show will begin no later than 10 minutes of showtime.

THE ROCKWELL, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144


$20-$25 each




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"MY MOTHER HAD TWO FACES" had its world premiere at the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles on December 10th. 

Written and performed by Karin Trachtenberg, this autobiographical one-woman dramatic comedy 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, "MY MOTHER HAD TWO FACES" tips the Disney delusion on its head. 

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.” 

Karin commissioned fellow Clark University alumni, the award-winning artist Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask Studio to create the “two faces” of her mother. 

His stunningly eerie masks personify the 'Good Mother/Wicked Stepmother' archetype. 

In working on this piece, Eric states, “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the project and to be working with Karin, my old classmate. It’s just so satisfying to know someone at the beginning of their road as a professional artist and to see them still on that road decades later.”

Karin Trachtenberg, a classically trained actress, has appeared in professional theaters throughout New England and beyond performing major roles in Greek Drama and Shakespeare productions, most notably playing the titular role in Euripides’ "Phaedra" at the Hydrama Theater in Greece. 

Film/tv and commercial credits include Showtime, NBC, and numerous independent films. 

As an actor, director and producer, Karin has championed countless new plays from staged readings to full productions. She is focused on creating opportunities for women-centered storytelling which fosters healthy dialogue about difficult issues.


THE ROCKWELL as a space has survived multiple owners and management, and yet, it lives on! A trusty block-box theater with a well-equipped light plot and sound system able to support performances from full stage productions to 18-piece bands to comedy podcasts to heart-racing burlesque. Nestled in Davis Square, a hotbed of bars, outdoor markets, and arts-centric events, in Somerville, Massachusetts, THE ROCKWELL twinkles with its old-fashioned marquee on Elm Street. Just steps away from The Davis Square “T” (subway) station. Formerly The Davis Square Theatre and Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway, THE ROCKWELL underground theater controls all its light sources to house any event at any time. THE ROCKWELL may appear small but THE ROCKWELL accommodates up to 203 people and host over 500 performances annually.


255 Elm Street

Somerville, MA 02144