Pam MacKinnon, Sarah Ruhl, Mark Brokaw & More Set for Conversation Series Following AND BABY MAKES SEVEN

New Ohio Theatre Artistic Director Robert Lyons, in association with Purpleman Theater, has announced Baby Talk, a weekly conversation series which follows all Wednesday night performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's And Baby Makes Seven. Produced by Gwynn MacDonald, Loren Noveck and Purpleman Theater, Baby Talk will feature playwrights, performers, thinkers and activists who will discuss some of the issues touched on in And Baby Makes Seven, as well as Vogel's career as a playwright and her influence as a teacher and mentor. Participants include Tony award-winner Pam MacKinnon, Sarah Ruhl, Mark Brokaw and more. Complete details can be found below.

Running March 11-April 12 at the New Ohio Theatre, And Baby Makes Seven is an uproarious and timely comedy that has not been seen professionally in New York in 20 years. Directed by Marc Stuart Weitz, the production features Ken Barnett, Susan Bott, and Constance Zaytoun. Performances of And Baby Makes Seven will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7pm, and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with a special Saturday matinee on April 12 at 3pm and an ASL interpreted performance on March 25 at 7:00pm. Tickets, priced from $30-35, are available for purchase by visiting newohiotheatre.org or calling 888.596.1027. Group and student tickets will be offered in advance. $15 student rush tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to curtain, cash-only, 2 tickets per valid ID.

And Baby Makes Seven follows the story of Anna and Ruth, a lesbian couple, who enlist their gay friend Peter to help them create a family. But are any of them ready for parenthood? Tensions rise as the three adults prepare for the imminent arrival of their baby-meanwhile matters are made all the more challenging by the persistence of the three imaginary children who already live with them. The lines between fantasy and reality, child and adult, love and madness crisscross through this hysterically funny and deeply touching play about what it means to be a family.

Baby Talk

The Oldest Profession: Mentoring a Generation of Playwrights
March 12, post-show

A group of "Paula's children" discuss how one playwright and master teacher has helped shape the landscape of American theatre and the careers of a generation of writers. Participants will include Christina Anderson, Mia Chung, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jordan Harrison, Honor Molloy, Sylvan Oswald, and Sarah Ruhl. Moderated by Loren Noveck.

How I Learned to Drive: Revving Up a Revival
March 19, post-show

A conversation about the challenges of directing iconic works and imaginary children, with Tony award-winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Marc Stuart Weitz (And Baby Makes Seven). Moderated by Gwynn MacDonald.

Hot 'n' Throbbing: Queer New York From 1980s to Today
March 26, post-show

Artists and activists reflect upon 30 years of LGBTQ life in NYC. Participants include Lisa Haas, Pauline Park, Stephanie Schroeder, and Pamela Sneed. Moderated by Jordan Schildcrout.

A Baltimore Waltz through Paula Vogel's Body of Work
April 2, post-show

Distinguished scholar David Savran joins award-winning director Mark Brokaw and theater critic Alisa Solomon in conversation. Moderated by Loren Noveck.

The Long [Legislative] Ride Home: Equality-Are We There Yet? April 9, post-show
Personal and policy perspectives on the state of LGBTQ family rights. Participants include Gabriel Blau (Executive Director, Family Equality Council), Anthony M. Brown (Time for Families/The Wedding Party), Bobby Hodgson (NYCLU), Dan Pichinson & Dan Robles (co-parents), Susan Sommer (Lambda Legal Foundation), and Judith Turkel (family-law attorney). Moderated by Gwynn MacDonald.

For more information, go to: www.andbabymakesseven.com




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