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The Baby Dance - Full Length Play, Drama

The Baby Dance

Jane Anderson

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573692994

"Lovely and touching." - The New Yorker
"Explosive. A stunner. It's funny as well as perceptive." - Los Angeles Times

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Full Length Play


Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play - The present, summer. Highs are in the 90s and the humidity is 90 percent. A trailer park and a hospital room in Louisiana.


Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings


Alcohol, Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

Richard and Rachel, a well-off California couple has everything except a child. They locate Wanda and Al, a desperately poor couple in Louisiana who have agreed to let them adopt their next baby. Both parties do their best to make the arrangement work but the class differences create unbearable tensions. When it is discovered that the baby possibly suffered brain damage during the difficult birth, her husband backs away but Rachel wants wants the baby regardless. In the end, the childless couple leaves the baby's parents with another mouth to feed.

"Lovely and touching." - The New Yorker

"Explosive. A stunner. It's funny as well as perceptive." - Los Angeles Times

"Compelling ... emotional power and nimble humor." - Wall Street Journal

"Rivetting, heart gripping drama." - Newhouse Newspapers

"Absolutely gripping ... comic and stylish.... A play not to be missed."- New York Post

The Baby Dance was first presented at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, in February 1990.It was directed by Jenny Sullivan. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City in October, 1991, also directed by Jenny Sullivan.



3m, 2f

WANDA - A woman in her late 20's, early 30's. She's dirt poor, has four kids and believes in God.
AL - her husband. He's about 6 foot two and looks like a refugee from a country-western band.
RACHEL- early to late 30's. She's from Los Angeles. She has a husband, a job, a house, a pool, smart friends and a good diet.
RICHARD - her husband. Early to late 30's. Short. A nice man outside of business.
RON - the lawyer.
Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Williamstown, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Plays include: The Quality of Life (2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play), Looking for Normal (2001 Ovation Award, Best New Play), The Baby Dance, Defying Gravity, Food & Shelter, ... view full profile

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