“Is it time, darling? Motherhood didn’t work out...time to move on.”
- Maeve Beckenstein
New York City, 1937. Maeve Beckenstein, a spitfire producer, writes the best radio plays at WARC, including her latest pet-project. She leaves her successful career behind to prepare for parenthood with novelist husband Ezra. After four previous miscarriages, Maeve is determined to carry this child to term.
But tragedy strikes, and Maeve’s dream of motherhood dies.
Maeve and Ezra bury their still-born daughter, Máire Maxine. After months in a depression, Maeve discovers that WARC has bastardized her pet-project. Her motherly instinct repurposed, she meets with her narcissistic, former boss, Ivan Olshansky, to ask for her job back. During the encounter, she recognizes her true value.
Maeve chooses never to work for this man again.
Pondering their future over drinks at a bar, Maeve and Ezra decide to start over in a new town and change their last name to Becker, Ezra’s pen name. To honor their daughter, Maeve changes her first name as well. When she suggests adapting Ezra’s novel for film, he balks at the idea. However, fate intervenes when the head of a major Hollywood studio, and an old family friend of Maeve, walks in.
She greets him, introducing herself anew as…
Our leading lady is inspired by women like Margaret Bourke-White, Virginia Van Upp and Anne Hummert (see below), women who toughed it out and succeeded in a man’s world.A Lady Macbeth Initiative was founded in 2005 by a group of mental health professionals who saw a need for more accessible mental health resources in our community.
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