How the Baby Died

When the hapless, unemployed actress Stace opts out of her marriage, she becomes (rather suddenly) a live-in nanny for her best friend, his husband, and their newborn baby. But then she gets the chance of a lifetime: an audition for a French Horror Theater. Hilarity, mayhem and Grand Guignol hijinks ensue with the only prop available. Baby, it gets bloody. A darkly visceral, absurdly comic play about parenting...
When the hapless, unemployed actress Stace opts out of her marriage, she becomes (rather suddenly) a live-in nanny for her best friend, his husband, and their newborn baby. But then she gets the chance of a lifetime: an audition for a French Horror Theater. Hilarity, mayhem and Grand Guignol hijinks ensue with the only prop available. Baby, it gets bloody. A darkly visceral, absurdly comic play about parenting, pregnancy, abortion, and women's physical self-agency.
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How the Baby Died

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  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    22 May. 2020
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2020 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    1 Sep. 2019
    LOVE THIS PLAY - Hilarity Ensues! Pee first, then read it! I found this play to be completely entertaining and thrilling, and it says so much about the assumptions people make about female experience! I'd run to see it performed! (and I never run) All the implements of impalement! All the blood and the stains on the carpet! Noe Valley! This!
  • Nora Zahn:
    18 Aug. 2019
    A bold and enraging play of farcical proportions! Not for the faint of heart, the mansplainers, or anyone claiming to be an authority on what women's writing can or should be; though, decidedly, those are the people who need to read this play most urgently. "Aggressive" and "radical" barely begin to sum up HOW THE BABY DIED, a full-on experience begging to be staged.

Character Information

  • Stace
    30s,
    Presents Female
    A young woman who has the quality of being an alien wearing a human suit
  • Alexa
    Presents Female
    A voice, she may be recorded.
  • Ben
    20s-30s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Presents Male
    A young artist who has been a party boy, a puppeteer, and is now a stay-at-home parent
  • Aaron
    30s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Presents Male
    A middle class kid who worked his way through Harvard to Google. A sharply perceptive pragmatist.
  • Rich
    30-60,
    White
    ,
    Presents Male
    A sadomasochistic doctor who might have just stepped out of a Grand Guignol play

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