For Catherine, a wealthy Australian living in London, the missing piece in her perfect life is a baby. Across the Atlantic in Massachusetts, mother of two Nellie is willing to help her – for a price. Sharing the highs and lows of pregnancy via Skype, email and telephone, these two very different women will ultimately have to decide: who does this baby really belong to?
This funny and moving new Australian play explores the intricacies of the modern family and one of the century’s most emotionally charged dilemmas.
Written and originally produced by Jane Cafarella.
Original season direction and dramaturgy by Anna McCrossin-Owen.
Ensemble Theatre production dramaturg: Nadia Tass
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PLAYWRIGHT: JANE CAFARELLA
DIRECTOR: NADIA TASS
CAST: DANIELLE CARTER & GABRIELLE SCAWTHORN
DESIGNER: TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER
LIGHTING DESIGNER: NICHOLAS HIGGINS
STAGE MANAGER: DANIELLE IRONSIDE
WARDROBE: ALANA CANCERI
PRODUCTION PHOTOS: CLARE HAWLER
“Award-winning film director Nadia Tass has done a masterful job bringing a big human drama to a tiny stage, coaxing the audience into dark territory with humour and lightness, before cranking up the emotional intensity. One minute you're laughing, the next you have the uncomfortable feeling of watching someone in the most extreme emotional pain.” Stage Whispers
“Cafarella has been writing on the subject for years and she touches on most of the biological, technical, ethical and legal aspects of GS (gestational surrogacy) in the play's 95 minutes. More importantly, she does so without the loud sound of boxes being ticked...Director Nadia Tass' production is economical and smoothly geared.” SMH
“e-baby feels true to life and explores with empathy and gentle humour the personal dilemmas surrounding this most modern of parenting transactions.” Time Out
"...the performances by Ms Carter and Ms Scawthorn ... are so personably secure, so empathetically contrasted, drawn with humour as well as head-butting ideological battlements..." Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary