Doctor Voynich and Her Children

Doctor Rue Voynich and her apprentice Fade travel the American Heartland dispensing herbal medications. Covertly, they perform abortions--long ago made illegal. Fade tries to help local youth Hannah complete her abortion, using knowledge from an ancient manuscript, before her mother and the sheriff can nail them for the “attempted murder of an unborn person.”
>>This post-Roe v. Wade play about...
Doctor Rue Voynich and her apprentice Fade travel the American Heartland dispensing herbal medications. Covertly, they perform abortions--long ago made illegal. Fade tries to help local youth Hannah complete her abortion, using knowledge from an ancient manuscript, before her mother and the sheriff can nail them for the “attempted murder of an unborn person.”
>>This post-Roe v. Wade play about mothers and daughters is poetic, sexy, vulgar, queer, and a little too real.
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Doctor Voynich and Her Children

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  • Grace Everett:
    26 Apr. 2022
    This play was taught in my college dramatic literature class, and HO-LY SHIT. I am astounded to see that it only has three reviews, because from the way it was presented to us, I had every reason to believe it was a part of the contemporary theatrical canon (which it should be!). Keyes creates a theatrical hellscape far away enough to be dystopian, but close enough to be fathomable. Not to mention the existence of queer and trans women in a way that does not turn us into spectacles, but instead, shows us as the resilient human beings we are.
  • Jolie Frazer-Madge:
    13 Jan. 2022
    LOVE this play! The world building is impeccable and the characters were so charming!!
  • Uprising Theatre Company:
    21 Oct. 2019
    This is a fantastic script with interesting and nuanced characters. I love Keyes' use of language and the world that she has created in this piece. Highly recommended.

Character Information

  • RUE
    40s,
    Trans woman
    An herbalist
  • JESS
    40s,
    woman
    A mother
  • HARRISON
    50s,
    woman
    An officer of the law
  • HANNAH
    Late teens,
    woman
    A young woman seeking an abortion
  • FADE
    Late teens,
    woman, Non-binary
    An apprentice

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Linfield College
    ,
    2021
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Uprising Theatre Company
    ,
    2020
  • University
    ,
    Stanford University: [wit]: a gender conscious theater company
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Rhodes College, McCoy Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2018