Ken Ludwig's Be My Baby

by  Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

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. 

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Ken Ludwig's Be My Baby

by  Ken Ludwig

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adventure, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Videos

  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The play is set in Scotland, a San Francisco hotel room and on various modes of transportation in between.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 3f
GLORIA NANCE
MAUD KINCH
CHRISTY MCCALL
JOHN CAMPBELL
MALE ENSEMBLE
FEMALE ENSEMBLE
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and over twenty languages. He has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony-winning play Lend Me A Tenor, was called " ...

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Be My Baby had it's world premiere at the Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd, Artist Director; Terrance Dwyer, Managing Director, on September 30, 2005.

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