In a Private Home, this Play takes You on a Drama from Room to Room
Alina Phelan and David Heckel | Courtesy of Chalk Repertory Theater
Over the course of a woman's reproductive years, the idea of getting knocked up takes on different meanings. It can be terrifying at times, and if she wants children, all-consuming at others. In her new play, "Family Planning," Julia Edwards explores one couples' experience as they navigate the tail end of those years.
Put up this month by the Chalk Repertory Theater, Edwards' show centers around Olivia (Alina Phelan) and Hamish (David Heckel), a couple in their late thirties who are struggling with infertility. The play is staged in a private home, the audience sits about two feet away from the actors, allowing for an almost uncomfortably close view of the action.
It begins as Hamish settles in for a quiet night. He's interrupted almost immediately by his best friend Rosen (David Ari), a married man who unexpectedly brings over his new girlfriend, Jilly (Elia Saldana). Next comes Olivia, home early from work and anxious to have some quality baby-making time with Hamish. And with the arrival of Hamish's WASP-y, feminist-hating mother Greta (Danielle Kennedy), the couple's shaky grip on control quickly begins to come loose.