by  Zayd Dohrn

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 2f

"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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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  • Nominee! 2011 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Best Original Script


“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


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A doll-maker’s studio in Queens, NY.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


1m, 2f
KELLY – female, 20s
DAIZY – male, 20s
EMILY – female, 40s
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Cast Attributes

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



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 ...

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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.

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