Maria McConville to Perform BABY MATTERS While 8 Months Pregnant at Shetler Studios, 5/3-5
In an inspired tour de force, award-winning performer Maria McConville will be performing her new solo show "Baby Matters" while 8 MONTHS PREGNANT. The limited engagement at Shetler Studios & Theatres this May will be directed by Morgan Gould and presented by Good Company.
Moved to find the balance between motherhood and the life of a working artist, Maria McConville conducted interviews with women from across generations and cultural backgrounds.Through the hilarious and touching portraits of real women, from authentic New Yorkers to neurotic helicopter moms, Maria takes us on her own artistic journey with the impending birth of her first child.
"In the show's first incarnation, I explored the idea of becoming pregnant and the ups and downs of being a working actress. Now that I am pregnant, very pregnant, I get to explore those ideas on a whole new level. It's an opportune moment, albeit fleeting," said writer/performer Maria McConville.
Of course there's an inherent risk in performing the show so late in the actress' pregnancy, but that doesn't seem to deter the creative team. "I told Maria if at any point during the show the baby decides to make a surprise appearance, we'll refund the tickets," director Morgan Gould joked, "but on the other hand, maybe that'll make it the hottest ticket in town."
McConville and Gould have worked together several times before, including Peter Gil-Sheridan's "What May Fall" with the Fordham Alumni Company, "Travis" at Ars Nova, and Matthew Paul Olmos' "Monkey" at BAX.
Performances of the 70-minute "solo" show are Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4 at 8:00pm, and Sunday May 5 at 2:00pm at Shetler Studios & Theatres (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, btwn Broadway and 8th Ave. / easy access from A, C, E, 1,2,3, B, D, F, N, R, and Q subway lines.). Tickets are $15, $12 students and seniors with ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.babymatters.eventbrite.com.
Maria McConville (Writer/Performer) is a native New Yorker, most recently seen in the indie films "Gayby" and "Memorial Day," and in the web-series, "Submissions Only." In NYC, Maria has performed with/at NYTW, EST, Woodshed Collective, Soho Rep, HERE Arts Center, undergroundzerofestival, The Kirk @ Theater Row, Fordham Alumni Company, 78th Street Theater Lab, aMios, BAX, Shakespeare in the Park-ing Lot, NY Fringe Festival, and Ars Nova. She has also toured the country with TheaterWorks USA in "Charlotte's Web" and worked at the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca. She received an NYIT Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role. When not performing, Maria is a teaching artist in NYC Public Schools. Maria is an alumnus of LaGuardia H.S. of Performing Arts, Fordham University, and is a proud Army wife. Her first baby is due June 21.
Morgan Gould (Director) has most recently directed new works at Dixon Place, The NY Fringe Festival, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theater, APAC, Cherry Lane, The Jacob Javits Center, and other New York City venues. Her own company, Morgan Gould & Friends, has made work at HERE Arts Center, The Living Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Ars Nova. A member of the New Georges Writer/ Director Lab and the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Morgan received her B.A. in Directing from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company where she has worked on the recent premieres of "Lear", "We're Gonna Die", and "Untitled Feminist Show".
Good Company is a theater company dedicated to telling stories that engage, enlighten and, above all else, entertain. By rallying together old friends and welcoming new ones, we hope to form a community of young theater artists with strong, unique voices and equal senses of perspective and play. We strive to create an environment in which artists and audiences alike feel like they are - yes, we're going there - in good company.