Full Length Play
Farce, Adventure, Romantic Comedy
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - The play is set in Scotland, a San Francisco hotel room and on various modes of transportation in between.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy
Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Aging, Betrayal, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
The play tells the story of John, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, Maude, both in their late 50s, who take on the journey of a lifetime. They are brought together when his ward marries her niece. Then, when the young couple decides to adopt a new born baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is, John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.
"Playwright Ken Ludwig is to contemporary domestic stage comedy what Arthur Miller was to the dramatic theater of his time...With "Be My Baby," he may have unlocked the mystery of filling theater seats." - Contra Costa Times
"Hilarious!" - Variety
"A gentler brand of comedy … It’s a pleasure to encounter a comedy about two mature individuals. [I]t’s perfect." - The Houston Chronicle
"Funny, filled with laughs and a whole lot of fun!" - Contra Costa Times
"Packs a memorable, quiet punch for theatergoers." - The Houston Press
"The "don’t miss" show of the season, a funny, feel-good kind of show that makes you warm all over." - Southwest News
Be My Baby had it's world premiere at the Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd, Artist Director; Terrance Dwyer, Managing Director, on September 30, 2005.