ALMOST PREGNANT by Lisa Grunberger

£6.00

Becca, a 40-something married woman, has to creatively adapt to her condition of infertility due to “old eggs.” Joined by her alter egos, Estrogen and Lucky, two live puppets, who serve as the chorus, wise fools, and comic relief, the play is full of stories, tragic and funny, about motherhood, fate, the transmission of identity, nature vs. nurture and God.

“Almost Pregnant” gives you an unexpurgated insider’s view of the art and science of what’s been called, “sex without reproduction and reproduction without sex.” Becca creatively reimagines her identity and how she adapts to her situation in a very Jewish, very human way, through humor, self-reflection and soul-searching. Get ready for a wildly imaginative journey through the Alice in Wonderland world-turned-upside-down of infertility as Becca talks with Gloria Steinem and Andy Warhol about her desire to become a mother.

Description

CHARACTERS

BECCA: A married Jewish woman, an artist and writer, who is 43 when she narrates the story about her life and her quest to become a mother.

ESTROGEN: The puppet/character/chorus. A dimension of Becca’s internal mind as she wrestles with questions about infertility, motherhood and bioethics. Also plays Pam, a Catholic woman; Gabi, the Israeli cousin; Becca’s mother and others.

LUCKY: The innocent puppet and character/chorus; dimension of Becca’s internal mind as she wrestles with questions about infertility, motherhood and bioethics. Also plays Infertility Doctor; Administrator and other characters.

“GOD”/MUSE: On-stage violinist who accompanies characters through the show.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Philadelphia Fringe Festival – 2018; Alliance of Jewish Theatre (AJT) showcase production ( excerpt).

 

REVIEWS

Almost Pregnant received excellent reviews in The Jewish Exponent and The Broad Street Review for writing, acting and direction. See these links: https://www.jewishexponent.com/2017/11/15/new-play-almost-pregnant-conceived-due-playwrights-lack-conception/ https://www.broadstreetreview.com/theater/philly-fringe-2018-lisa-grunberger-almost-pregnant

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 85 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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FEMALE CAST

FURTHER CASTING OPTIONS

MALE OR FEMALE - CAST

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