Oceanside CA— Oceanside Theatre Company opens its 2016-17 Season with a sharp and topical comedy the general public will not want to miss. Operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219 in Oceanside, the production company presents Baby with the Bathwater (written by Christopher Durang) live on stage at The Brooks October 28 to November 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. The theatre is located at 217 North Coast Hwy. The cast is comprised of North County San Diego talent: Julia Nardi-Loving as Helen, Spencer Rodman as John, Rosie Gordon as Nanny, Morgan Taylor Altenhoff as Cynthia, and Dylan Kawalec as Daisy.
Writer Christopher Durang has recently reemerged in the spotlight of the theatre world on the heels of his Tony Award winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. His genius is undeniable, and Baby With the Bathwater is no exception. Although not appropriate for children, this absurdist, satirical play – directed by Dhyana Dahl – deals with such themes as parenting styles, gender identity, depression, alcoholism, therapy, infidelity, and it does it all in the genius comedic writing style of Christopher Durang.
“I was intrigued by Durang’s unparalleled balance of wit and wackiness early on in my theatre career. Now, as a parent myself, Baby With the Bathwater speaks to me on a whole other level. It speaks to the frightened first time parent who feels like she should instinctively know what to do, but will admit that she has absolutely no clue. It speaks to all of the times I tried to bargain with my two-year-old son. It speaks to the crying, the lack of sleep, the frustration, the forgiveness, and the unconditional love. It speaks to the reminder that as a parent, our job is not to fit our children into any sort of predetermined mold. Our job is to guide them and stand by them with pride as they grow into their own best versions of themselves. With these timeless themes and his impeccable comic writing, Durang has crafted a piece of art that withstands the test of time.” – Dhyana Dahl, Director.
Who ever said parenting was easy? The brilliant and witty playwright Christopher Durang explores the challenges, joys, and utter confusion of being a first time parent in this satirical, absurdist play. As the story unfolds, we meet first time parents John and Helen quickly realize that they, like all parents, have absolutely no idea how to handle their new little bundle of joy! What do they name it? Is it a boy or a girl? As Helen reminds the audience in the first moments of the play, “Bringing up a child is a delicate thing.” With the help of an unconventional Nanny (reminiscent of a twisted Mary Poppins) and a collection of other eccentric characters, this wacky social commentary on parenting will have you laughing out loud. However, at the heart of this comedy is the story of a boy named Daisy and his journey of discovering his true self, despite the mishaps of his ill-prepared parents.
Baby With the Bathwater premiered in 1983, this play proved to be one of Durang’s most timeless and important pieces of theatre. Its controversial topics are explored in a way that only Durang can master: with humor, grace, and intelligence. And as best comedies do, this play not only entertains, but also makes an audience think about important issues. Per Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Durang is one of our theater’s brightest hopes. In Baby with the Bathwater, he manages to combine all three modes farce, satire, good-humored wackiness… Durang keeps laughter bubbling… We laugh and gasp at the same time.”
Tickets are on sale at www.oceansidetheatre.org. Admission is $25 general, $19 seniors (55+), $15 students and military. Reservations are strongly recommended. Oceanside Theatre Company operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219 is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Interested guests may look up Oceanside Theatre Company on Facebook and “like” it for additional info and for other events at the venue or call 760-433-8900.
Oceanside Theatre Company’s mission is to create professional quality theatre for a vibrant and diverse population. OTC will strive to reach a wide audience base and encourage and improve artistic growth in the community by producing a broad repertoire of theatre, giving local theatre artists creative opportunities and offering educational theatre and outreach programs. Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy’s Classes are offered to students from 4 to 18 years old at The Brooks Theatre.