The Birthing Pit

John and Castella flee a mysterious pestilence at the end of the American Revolutionary War, sailing home to Rhode Island from the Caribbean. But when the farmer Atabei kills their ship’s captain during what might be a supernatural storm, tragedy stalks all three.
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The Birthing Pit

Character Information

  • Atabei
    20-30,
    Taino
    ,
    woman
    A farmer from Puerto Rico.
  • Castella
    20-30,
    Caucasian
    ,
    woman
    A novelist from Rhode Island.
  • John
    20-30,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Man
    A doctor from Rhode Island.
  • Singer
    Any, Older preferred,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    A chorus-like figure, only seen and heard by the audience. The Singer sings shanties from the era.
  • Celestina
    Young,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Girl
    Castella and John’s young daughter. As written, only seen and heard by the main characters. May be embodied if you so choose.
  • Captain
    Any, Older preferred,
    Any
    ,
    Man
    A cantankerous seaman. As written, only seen and heard by the main characters. May be embodied if you so choose.
  • Porter
    Young,
    Any
    ,
    boy
    A young boy serving the Captain. As written, only seen and heard by the main characters. May be embodied if you so choose.
  • Sailors
    Any, Older preferred,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Various seamen. As written, only seen and heard by the main characters. May be embodied if you so choose.
  • Ninety-Nine Women
    Adults,
    Any
    ,
    Women
    The women living with Atabei in the pit. As written, only seen and heard by the main characters. May be embodied if you so choose.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    None (Full Version, Early Draft)
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Hollywood Fringe Festival (Truncated Version, Early Draft)
    ,
    2017