From: Monica Bauer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, February 6, 2017 11:52 AM
Subject: Press release for Provocative Play Coming to Tucson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
PROVOCATIVE PLAY COMING TO ZUZI THEATER IN THE HISTORIC Y
FOR THREE WEEKENDS IN MARCH
THE MATERNAL INSTINCT
A topical, award-winning play about the science of love, and the love of science
By Monica Bauer
Directed by Maria Caprile
Three weekends only, March 3-19th
At the ZUZI Theater in the Historic Y, 738 N, 5th Ave.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2pm. Adult language and situations.
Tickets: $15, $10 students/seniors/low income at the door
Tickets available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://thematernalinstinct.bpt.me/
Phone Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006
Website at www.theaternewandnow.com
Playwright Monica Bauer and director Maria Caprile, whose previous collaborations include two hits in the Tucson Fringe Festival ("Monica's Shorts", 2016, and "The Year I Was Gifted", 2017), combine their talents again to bring to the stage a complex drama with comedy (a dramedy) that seems at first to be about a lesbian marriage torn apart when one spouse feels the primal need to have a baby. But just below the surface in this multiple award-winning play can be found the science of genetics, the debate between genetic tendency and free will, and the beating heart of a conflicted alcoholic, who's wrestling with all of it.
Lillian's a brilliant research scientist about to publish the results of a ground-breaking experiment on the maternal instinct in mice, when her spouse Sarah feels her own maternal instinct kick into action. When Lillian states her objections, they seem to be all about the quality of the sperm donor, so Sarah enlists the help of Lillian's sister Emma to find "the perfect sperm." But there are other, darker reasons for Lillian to reject parenthood, and everything may hinge on her relationship with her research partner who battles his own emotions somewhere on the autism scale, and a homeless teenage pregnant alcoholic, who lives on Lillian's favorite bench on Boston Common, and can only communicate with the colorful use of a single word.
The Maternal Instinct won third prize in the national New Works for Young Women playwriting competition, as well as being shortlisted for the New South Writing Prize at the Brighton (UK) Fringe Festival. It has been produced in Boston, New York, and in the UK. The Tucson cast includes veteran performers who have worked at the Rogue, Winding Road, Roadrunner, and Borderlands. Alida Holguin Gunn (nominated MAC award, best actress for "Fiction" at Beowulf Alley) plays Lillian, and her spouse Sarah is played by Mayela Morales ("Beyond Therapy," Roadrunner). Lillian's research partner Fred is played by Tony Caprile, last seen in Winding Road's "Sovereign Body." Abigail Dunscomb, who was part of the Winding Road's cast of Julius Caesar, plays sexy waitress Celia. The pregnant alcoholic teenager Terry is played by Perla Vanesa Barraza, who's been seen in many Borderlands productions, including the recent "Mas."
Director Maria Caprile, who will also play the part of Lillian's enabling sister Emma, is from Spokane, Washington, where she was a resident artist of Interplayers Theatre. Acting credits in Tucson include roles in "August, Osage County," and "United" for Winding Road Theater, and performing the solo play "The Year I Was Gifted" at the 2017 Tucson Fringe Festival. Locally, she directed Beowulf Alley's ALMOST MAINE. Playwright Monica Bauer recently moved to Tucson from New Haven, Connecticut, where she was a Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University. Bauer has had plays produced Off Broadway, regionally at many theaters including Detroit Repertory Theater and Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and the Brighton Fringe in England. She's been the recipient of several prizes for playwriting, including the Emerging Playwright Award from New York's Urban Stages, and best new script at the Midtown International Theater Festival off-off Broadway.
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