The electric baby
Written by Stefanie Zadravec
Directed by RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen
A MidWest Premiere!
Featuring RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen and Steppenwolf ensemble member Ora Jones with RTE member Eric Slater and Lorraine Freun
“In a sad dark country filled with crying willow trees, a girl was born with the gift of magic…”
The final production in our “Season of Reinvention”, RTE presents the Midwest premiere of a powerful new work featuring ensemble members Meighan Gerachis and Kathy Logelin along with guest artists Lionel Gentle, Amanda Powell, Jeff Trainor and H.B. Ward.
A terrible car accident brings a group of fractured souls into the presence of a baby that glows with an unearthly light. Magic and folklore weave throughout Stefanie Zadravec’s beautiful, poignant tale of sad endings, strange beginnings, and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.
Stefanie Zadravec is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a 2012-2013 Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center. Her play Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J, Working Theater) received the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play; The Electric Baby (Quantum Theater, PA Two River Theater, NJ) the 2011Women in Arts and Media Award), and Save Me (TBG, NYC) received Phoenix Theatre’s National Playwriting Award. Stefanie’s collaborations include: We Play for the Gods (The Women’s Project), The Fear Project (The Barrow Group), and The Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theater 167). Stefanie has received commissions from Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Full Stage USA, The Working Theater/NYSCA and Epic Theatre Ensemble/Ford Foundation. Awards and residencies include a Playwrights Realm Fellowship, the 2012 Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, The Women’s Project Lab, PlayPenn and Sewanee Writers Conference. Read Stefanie’s gripping essay, “In Sickness and in Health,” in American Theatre magazine (March 2012) which describes her inspiration for The Electric Baby. www.szadravec.com