Babel

What would you do if you had the power to build your own baby? And a best friend who is a talking Stork? In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which genetic traits their child will have, and what behaviors they are likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, the parent(s) are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the...
What would you do if you had the power to build your own baby? And a best friend who is a talking Stork? In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which genetic traits their child will have, and what behaviors they are likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, the parent(s) 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 collide over what to do with their PRE certification test 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? If you like Booker’s “Black Mirror,” Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go,” or Haley’s “The Nether,” but wish they had a few more laughs, then this play is for you.
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Babel

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  • Cameron Houg:
    11 Jun. 2019
    Babel takes place in a future that isn't so different from our own beneath the surface. This thought provoking play asks tough questions about life, freedom, privilege, and who gets to decide all that. Can we play God? Should we? Who is entitled to a happy life?

    The pages fly by as you read, each character and circumstance blending together perfectly as the plot progresses. Highly recommend!
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    27 May. 2019
    OFFICIAL SELECTION for the KITCHEN DOG THEATER 2019 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
    This play was chosen from nearly 450 submitted scripts and received a staged reading as part of our annual festival.
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support BABEL.

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Awards

Nominee
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Blackburn Prize
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2019
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