Steven Soderbergh, the award-winning director of "Traffic," put together the elements of the play from court documents, police records as well as transcripts made from the Nancy Grace television show in the United States. The Orlando Times
discusses how the play has been described as "a mirroed backdrop forces the audience to watch itself watching the media frenzy whipped up around the case of Caylee Anthony.
The case of the toddler Caylee Anthony appeared in the press approximately 18 months ago when she was claimed to be missing. Later the child's remains were found, and her mother was accused of killing her and the case against her is pending trial.
The intent of the play, according to Soderbergh, who was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald
s to examine how crime stories are told by the media. The Herald reports him as saying, “That’s one of the things I’m really attempting to do in the piece, to always be a reminder that there is a child involved in this,” he said. “It’s easy to get drawn into the complexity of the case and the legal questions and forget that there was a 2-year-old at the center of this.”
The play is scheduled to close on February 7. Reports from the company website maintain Steven Soderbergh is donating his fees for "Tot" Mom to the U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This is not the only sensation for Soderbergh this year as his film "The Girlfriend" is being reviewed harshly by some as it seems to show not just the seamy side of prostitution but the profitability as well, according to the Guardian.