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.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
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
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.