What is Gross Domestic Product?


Gross Domestic Product, a new work by playwright Julia Rosenblatt and composer Martín Carrillo, is a full-length music-theater work that explores motherhood in the "post-feminist” era and its relationship to our country’s economy. It will examine the ever-evolving question of what our country would look like if we included motherhood, and care-taking in general, as part of the gross domestic product (GDP). As award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee Ann Crittenden noted, “Why is motherhood as American as apple pie and still the job least valued in our country?”

Newsworthy stories on Motherhood and the female body

What did Chirlane McCray really say? 

And why does the media want to demonize and make hidden the real truths of motherhood? 


McCray had always imagined a life with children, but as with so many women the reality of motherhood—the loss of independence, the relentlessness of the responsibility—was difficult. -NYMag


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Links We Love

CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women


Mothers for Justice


YWCA Hartford Region


All Our Kin


CT Commission on Children


Family Justice Center


CT Working Moms


Voices of Women of Color


Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition


Global Women's Strike/Huelga Mundial de Mujeres




Mocha Moms

HartBeat has been using interviews and first hand accounts as the primary tool in our play creation since our founding in 2001.  Plays are further developed through workshop readings and talkbacks to get audience feedback for the final production 

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Watch the Play Develop

Real Mom Interviews: Trailer

Real Mom Interviews: Episode 1

"What does your work as a mother produce?"

Real Mom Interviews: Episode 2

"What is the most difficult part of being a mom"

Real Mom Interviews: Episode 3

Mom's Unplugged: Mom's Night Out Confessions

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