Babel

A new comedy & winner of the 2017 Smith Prize for Political Theater! 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...
A new comedy & winner of the 2017 Smith Prize for Political Theater! 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?
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Babel

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  • Alexander Hehr:
    14 Apr. 2018
    This play is a witty and heartfelt comedy with a nice little sci-fi twist. The story is compelling and packed with dark comedy, paired with pattern and rhythm of dialogue that is unique to Jacqueline. As heard from many people, "This play is an actors/directors dream."

Development History

  • Residency
    ,
    Florida Studio Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Commission
    ,
    National New Play Network
    ,
    2017

Awards

Winner
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Smith Prize for Political Theatre
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2017