I With Things New Born
October 30th-November 8th at the Off-Leash Art Box
Wrote, directed, and performed alongside actor Renèe Schwarz in the Birth Play Project's inaugural production.
The play was performed for small, masked, distanced in-person audiences in accordance with public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was also filmed for virtual audiences to stream after the run.
About the story:
Juliet is ousted from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure after she is imprisoned for conceiving a child out of wedlock, and Sister Francisca, the young nun & midwife tasked with catching Juliet's baby, has never attended a birth alone before. But with the city outside in chaos, the two strangers must find enough common ground to perform an act of near-unbearable intimacy. Adapted for an altered world from a longer play of the same name, I With Things New Born is an ode to the timeless, quiet courage of those who ensure that life goes on - a story of labor and defiant hope.
Graphic design for poster and Birth Play Project logo by Kezia Florence Germ. Production photos by Noelle Kirscht.