Taking Care of Baby

by  Dennis Kelly

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 6f

This tale of a mother accused and convicted of the deaths of her two young babies is a horrific yet powerful. By adopting a form commonly associated with verbatim theatre, the subject is imbued with a clarity that is at once both unrelenting and utte…

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Taking Care of Baby

by  Dennis Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 6f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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This tale of a mother accused and convicted of the deaths of her two young babies is a horrific yet powerful. By adopting a form commonly associated with verbatim theatre, the subject is imbued with a clarity that is at once both unrelenting and utterly engaging, as it slowly emerges that these events are not truth at all, but Kelly masquerading theatrical illusion as truth. What unfolds is a bleak yet tender exploration of grief, exploitation, and the innate hypocrisies of reportage.
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Reviews

"Taking Care of Baby," [is] a crafty little play... Mr. Kelly... deftly scrambles both our sympathies for, and our trust in, this play’s characters" - New York Times

"Those dying for a big dramatic disclosure of truth at the end of this dizzying ride may not get the satisfaction they came for, instead leaving in a frustrating yet wonderful state of confusion. As the reliability of Kelly's characters fall under suspicion one by one, we find that the truth may be forever buried among all of these contradictory stories. Or perhaps we can take solace in the fact that there may be no truth to find at all." - TheatreMania

"...excellent and engrossing… what makes the story of this mother, Donna McAuliffe..., so worthy of exploration is that it’s really not clear what happened… But what makes the play—by Dennis Kelly, who also wrote the book for Matilda—so impressive is that none of it is in fact true…" - New York Observer 

"Dennis Kelly pulls off quite a feat in his smart, punchy Taking Care of Baby… Kelly keenly dissects the ethical corruption of various systems…" - Time Out New York

Videos

  • 60 Seconds with TAKING CARE OF BABY Playwright Dennis Kelly
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: Various simple settings
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 6f
MARTIN McAULIFFE
DR. MILLARD
DONNA McAULIFFE
MRS. MILLARD/JANE/WAITRESS/WOMAN
LYNN BARRIE
REPORTER/MAN AT DOOR
JIM/OLD MAN AT THE DOOR
BRIAN/INTERVIEWER
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Authors

Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly

Taking Care of Baby premiered in New York City at Manhattan Theatre Club's New York City Center - Stage II space, in November of 2013, under the direction of Erica Schmidt. 

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