Hockey Mom  • a new play

Hockey Mom • a new play

by Travis G. Baker

“Hockey Mom” is about moms, sons, and hockey, but ultimately it proclaims what makes us human.

As the play begins, things are falling apart. Cindy and Darryl’s marriage is crumbling under the strain of trying to rescue the bankrupt plumbing business he inherited from his father, and the inordinate amount of time Cindy is devoting to Cole’s hockey life. When Cole’s junior year hockey season is ended by a serious concussion, the story ramps up. Zala visits Cole as he recuperates, admits she was the one who knocked him out, then tells him she’s moving and will play for his team for their senior season. From his first days on ice Cole has been unswerving in his belief that team comes first and that the best hockey players are selfless, a tenet handed down to him by Darryl, that he clings to even when it’s to his disadvantage until he loses his position to Zala. As Cole’s injury lingers, though his teammates elect him captain, he fails to recapture his pre-concussion form, is demoted to the third line with Zala taking his place centering the first line and Cole quits the team. When Cindy begs him to reconsider, the audience is treated to a powerful scene and left to ponder whose dream is at stake. As the play concludes, Cole is challenged by Zala, Darryl, Cindy, and his younger selves to rekindle his hockey flame. In this final trial of his quest, he will discover that the flame burns brightest in his relationships with the ones he cares for and those who care and have cared for him. Beyond the game, however, the play speaks to our role as parents and the values and expectations we place on our children and those pressures they place on themselves.

Hockey Mom is the story of a mom, her son and the game they love that drives them crazy! 


Hockey Mom: Original Artwork by John Siedenberg II | Penobscot Theatre Company 2021

Producers may only use this artwork if licensed by Penobscot Theatre Company through us. (A nominal fee may be charged.) 


  • Caast of 7 — (2f, 1m, 1tb, 1tg 2boys)
    • Cindy (28-40ish) – A Hockey Mom and a 2nd grade teacher
      Cole (17) – Her son, a hockey player
      Cole LTP (6-8)
      Cole PW (10-12)
      Darryl (28-40ish) – Cole’s Father, a plumber
      Zala (17) – Rival hockey player
      Becky (28-40ish) – A Hockey Mom, Youth Hockey Association Coordinator
  • About 2 hours
  • Costumes: Contemporary 
  • Set: Multi-purpose home/hockey arena
  • ORDER # 3349


Ruthlessly funny and gut-punch poignant, the mix of humor and pathos in “Hockey Mom” is fully realized…Each character in “Hockey Mom” is on his or her own quest and as they struggle to overcome the obstacles in their way, Baker explores and exposes both the benefits and pernicious ills of youth sports…Each character’s frailties and flaws are seen in riotously funny moments, their honorable struggles to find their way revealed in well-crafted, touching scenes… While the toxicity endemic in elite youth sport travel teams, and corrosive behavior of obsessive parents are brilliantly satirized in Cindy and Becky’s rabid efforts to provide what they believe their sons require to reach the pros, both women remain utterly human and multidimensional. This is true for all the other characters as well. Despite setbacks, disappointments, or failures they remain resilient, decent, believable and in the end discover something of true value from the sport they love. That Baker accomplishes so precisely is no small feat and is the strength of the play — The Maine Edge/Buzz by Bruce Pratt — March 30, 2022


“It was perfection! I would see it again.” — Audience Member

A production well worth seeing… so many skills! Fun and tears….” — Audience Member

Such a great show and 100% on target.” — Audience Member

Lots of good hockey fun” — Audience Member

From Laughter to Tears” — Audience Member

Fantastic!” “Amazing!” “Superb Cast!” — Audience Members

Travis Baker’s best play yet!” — Audience Member

Awesome show!” — Audience Member

Great show folks! So heartwarming and fun.” — Audience Member

My wife and I saw the play last night and it is outstanding – wonderfully crafted play, masterfully staged, directed and acted. The performance engaged us on so many levels – the play engaged us with the complex intersections and interactions of our manifold family and friends, with unexpected as well as expected outcomes. I am hoping I can find a source to purchase a copy of the play so I can savor it some more. Thank you Travis Baker, Dan Burson, and the entire cast, crew and PTC team. I can’t imagine life in Bangor without you!” — Audience Member


Best New Play Or Musical (Professional)
2nd Place: HOCKEY MOM – Penobscot Theatre Company

WINNER: Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance — Best Drama Award 2021


News Story from Maine Channel 27 —  about the Penobscot Theatre Company production of Travis Baker’s play


  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3349a : $30.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3349d : $90.00 (for the first or only performance)

  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3349e : $80.00 (For each successive performance)

  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon licensing application

EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:


Travis G. Baker

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


Hockey Mom is presented through special arrangement with Premiére Theatrical Licensing on behalf of Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”


  • PREMIERED: Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor, Maine — March-April 2022


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