Babel

A talking stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby... In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the baby will be a "good" person or not. Without the...
A talking stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby... In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the baby will be a "good" person or not. Without the certification, the child will be limited in what it is allowed to do. Two couples, both early in their pregnancies, collide over whether or not to open the “PRE” certification test results, and what to do once they know the results. With rapid advances in reproductive technology, modern eugenics is science’s Wild West. What will we do to “civilize” it and ourselves? How far will we go when playing God? f you like the provocative questions of Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go," the futuristic world-building of Haley's "The Nether," and the vivid characters and surprising humor of Brooker's "Black Mirror" then you will connect with "Babel."
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Babel

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  • Lainie Vansant:
    18 Mar. 2019
    Goldfinger balances dystopian future with a present that audiences will very much connect with in this heart-wrenching play. The arguments for both sides are believable, and it asks big questions about how we label people and how damaging labels - even those that are "earned" - can be. Plus, there are real, high stakes, tight two-person scenes, and a lot of heart. Excellent all around!
  • Ann Filmer:
    6 Dec. 2018
    Cool play! As a mom, the paranoia here rings true. These fears of eugenics are real, and I am fascinated with the frightening world this writer has created. Much food for thought about how many steps away our world is from pre-certification? Maybe not so far!
  • Jennifer Barclay:
    20 Oct. 2018
    Babel is an empathetic, theatrical story that imagines the future of fetal genetic testing. The play creates an unsettling and powerful juxtaposition between the high stakes of a pregnancy and the absurdity of a pot-smoking stork mascot. Goldfinger’s voice has a specific compelling rhythm that plays with the unspoken and has a way of making the political feel deeply personal. The play has three juicy roles for women, and-- even though the play is set in the future-- it feels frighteningly relevant to the present.

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Awards

Current Nominee
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Blackburn Prize
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2019
Current Nominee
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Weissberger Award
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2019
Winner
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Smith Prize for Political Theatre
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2017