The Baby Dance

by  Jane Anderson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

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

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The Baby Dance

by  Jane Anderson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Richard and Rachel, a well-off California couple, have everything except a child. They locate Wanda and Al, a desperately poor couple in Louisiana, who agree to let them adopt their next baby. Both parties do their best to make the arrangement work, but their class differences create unbearable tensions. 
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"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

"Riveting, heart gripping drama." - Newhouse Newspapers

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


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Setting: The present, summer. Highs are in the 90s and the humidity is 90 percent. A trailer park and a hospital room in Louisiana.


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.
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Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson is an Emmy award-winning writer and director for theater, film and television. Plays include: Mother of the Maid, The Baby Dance, Baby Dance: Mixed, Defying Gravity, Looking for Normal, The Quality of Life, The Escort, Lynette at 3AM, Food & Shelter and The Last Time We Saw Her. Her latest play, Mother ...

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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.

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