BABY HUBRIS Opens This Week at Manhattan Rep Theatre
"Six years in the making, countless other projects came and went, but BABY HUBRIS was somehow always living in my mind," Says Ms. Rêgo, "taking space in my soul, and beating out it's poetry (quite literally) in my heart. It was a voice that decided of it's own accord to rise up, and howl."
The play was literally born one afternoon from a sudden urge Ms. Rêgo had to drop everything she was doing and run into another room and begin writing a spoken word piece that eventually she performed in front of an audience, and then slowly molded into the opening monologue of her play.
A clever and unusual comedy about a young, single mom, Leslie (played by Ms. Rêgo), in her early 20's who channels imaginary conversations with famed childhood Pediatrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock (played by Bryn Packard), results in a beautifully crafted piece by a young artist who seems to be speaking for her generation. Dr. Spock - not to be confused with the Star Trek character of the same last name, the play reminds us - changed child rearing concepts in America with the notion that we know more about parenting than we tend to believe, a theme not lost in her character's ability to go with her natural instincts and grow as an adult throughout the play.
As a Millennial, living in the New York City, "Leslie" deals with the new rules of dating and relationships that she describes as the new "hook-up generation." In the story, she discovers that while perceptions have indeed changed on the whole dating scene, life, relationships, and love still retain some characteristics we may not be seeing.
These are the subjects tackled in this young playwright's new work as she touches on her relationship with the baby's father (played by Tama Filianga), who takes a turn also playing a 6-month version of the talking baby. The play infuses greek mythology, and offers strong performances by this young and talented cast. It is beautifully directed by Alejandra Parody. BABY HUBRIS It is described as "a magical-realism call to arms."
TWO DATES ONLY: MAY,16TH @ 7:45 PM & MAY, 21ST @ 8:00 PM at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St. Third Floor #301, New York, NY 10036.
Tickets are now on sale for "Baby Hubris" by contacting Manhattan Rep Theatre at manhattanrep.com/baby-hubris-2017 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.