FERTILE GROUND

2022 Semifinalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference/ 2022 Semifinalist, Princess Grace Award/New Dramatists Fellowship

(Full length) Leigh wants a baby but struggles with unexplained miscarriages. Her younger sister Olivia, parent of twins, wants to be done with her academic book about maternal filicide, which seems to be having a weird impact on her mental health. Leigh's husband Max...
2022 Semifinalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference/ 2022 Semifinalist, Princess Grace Award/New Dramatists Fellowship

(Full length) Leigh wants a baby but struggles with unexplained miscarriages. Her younger sister Olivia, parent of twins, wants to be done with her academic book about maternal filicide, which seems to be having a weird impact on her mental health. Leigh's husband Max wants to be done with fertility treatments so that he and Leigh can move on. Into their lives comes an incarcerated woman who will have devastating consequences for both sisters. A new play exploring the darker side of motherhood and the biological clock.
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FERTILE GROUND

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  • Jack Levine:
    6 Jun. 2022
    JENNIFER O’GRADY’s play deals with the struggles faced by those women who desperately want a baby but can’t, those women who have a baby and find it a challenge, and those women who do things nobody else can understand. As a man, I cannot possibly fully comprehend what a woman feels, but to the extent possible, this play informed me, rocked me, and made me think about a subject foreign to my own world. “Fertile Ground” captivated me, as it will any audience. This is a powerful play and so well done. BRAVO!

Character Information

  • Leigh
    Early 40s,
    a woman
    A novelist struggling with infertility
  • Olivia
    Late 30s,
    a woman
    Leigh's sister. A psychologist and parent
  • Max
    Early 40s,
    a man
    Leigh's husband. A graphic designer
  • Willa
    20s or 30s,
    a woman
    An incarcerated woman
  • Guard
    Played by the actor who plays Max

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship at New Dramatists
,
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
,
2022