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Reborning - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


Zayd Dohrn

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700668

"A major triumph... A taut thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. You don’t want to miss it...

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - A doll-maker’s studio in Queens, NY.


No intermission, Puppetry, Special Effects

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Drugs, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

Nominee! 2011 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Best Original Script
Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable when a sculptor of baby dolls meets a woman desperate to recreate the past. This dark comedy takes an unsettling look at work, latex, and the power of creation.

“A comic setup that spins into deeply affecting territory. Dohrn’s compact script bristles with sharp, breezy dialogue... The shifting balances between humor, suspense, and trauma keep the experience tight.” - Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

Reborning bandies between levity and loss without missing a beat... just the right balance of rawness and finesse... Reborning proves that grim topics and taboos can also be damn funny.” - Anna Pulley, SF Weekly

“Dohrn's script skillfully combines humor and pathos to ensure that the audience is engaged and thinking throughout.... Zayd Dohrn is a playwright to watch.” - Charles Kruger, Bay Area Examiner

“A major triumph... A taut thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. You don’t want to miss it.” - George Heymont, Eagle News

Reborning was first produced in a workshop production, directed by Kip Fagan, in the 2009 Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater in New York City. The play received its world premiere in 2011 at The SF Playhouse in San Francisco, California, directed by Josh Costello.


1m, 2f


Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

KELLY – female, 20s
DAIZY – male, 20s
EMILY – female, 40s
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N/A (Not a musical)

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn was born and raised in New York City. His full-length plays include Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Reborning (The Public/SPF), and Sick (Kitchen Dog) - all published by Samuel French - as well as Want (Steppenwolf First Look). His work has been produced and developed at Playwrights Horizons, Theatre for One, MTC, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Boston Playwrights’, New ... view full profile

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Jan Rosenberg 4/18/2013 11:17 PM
At first, Kelly doesn't think much of the strange business she and her partner Daizy are in. He makes sex toy, she makes baby dolls. Not the kind of baby dolls you find in FAO Schwartz-these dolls are real. At least they are to her customers. Kelly's clients seek her out to recreate the past. Her newest client Emily has recently lost her child, and she's desperate for Kelly to build a replica of her daughter. As Kelly works on the doll, something strange comes over her-something maternal. Suddenly her dolls aren't just raw materials; they're children. 'Reborning' is all at once darkly humorous and tragic. Though the play does take a bit of a cheesy cult horror movie turn towards the end (think 'Child's Play' meets 'Rosemary's Baby'), it is nonetheless haunting in its accurate portrayal of loss. Dohrn's heartbreaking script captures the pain of losing a child, and the irrational ways in which grief forces us to behave.

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