e-baby is about one of the century’s most emotionally charged dilemmas – surrogacy. For Catherine (Danielle Carter), a wealthy, married Australian living in London, the missing piece in her perfect life is a baby. Across the Atlantic in Massachusetts, mother-of-two Nellie (Gabrielle Scawthorn) is willing to help her – for a price. Sharing the highs and lows of pregnancy via Skype, email and telephone, these two very different women will ultimately have to decide: who does this baby really belong to? This funny and moving new Australian play explores the intricacies of the modern family.
Writer Jane Cafarella said, “e-baby is a story of our times. It’s a love story – a story of obsession, entitlement, pain and joy about two women who share an incredible journey. Surrogacy was a hot topic when I started writing the play, but the play has since become sort of a crystal ball – a peek into Australia’s future if it goes down the commercial surrogacy path, especially since India and Thailand have banned foreigners seeking commercial surrogacy. In April, a Parliamentary inquiry recommended that Australia’s ban on commercial surrogacy remains, but with one-in-six couples experiencing infertility, the pressure is on. With the new Turnbull Government, this could all change.”
JANE CAFARELLA is a Singapore-based Australian playwright and former journalist and columnist for the Melbourne Age. She has had various short plays produced in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and Scotland. e-baby is her first full-length play and was inspired by interviews with infertile women and surrogates during her years as a reporter and editor. e-baby premiered in Melbourne in March 2015 to critical acclaim and will have its Hobart premiere in 2017 at the Tasmanian Theatre Company. Jane is also the author of A New Life Journal, a compilation of 21 years of her newspaper column of the same name, first published by The Age, and later Quality Time magazine, with selections broadcast on the ABC.
NADIA TASS is one of Australia’s most iconoclastic directors of both stage and screen. In 2014 Nadia was awarded the Screen Leader Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Screen Industry. She has directed numerous plays including the production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe(2001/2002) which was rewarded with a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical 2003 at the Sir Robert Helpmann Awards. This is the first time Nadia has directed a play at Ensemble Theatre. Films she has directed include Malcolm (23 international awards), Rikky and Pete, The Big Steal, Mr Reliable, Amy (which garnered 28 international awards including 2 at Cannes Film Festival) and Fatal Honeymoon (2013) starring Harvey Keitel.
DIRECTOR: NADIA TASS DESIGNER: TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER LIGHTING DESIGNER: NICHOLAS HIGGINS
CAST: DANIELLE CARTER AND GABRIELLE SCAWTHORN
DANIELLE CARTER is a graduate of NIDA. For Ensemble she has appeared in many plays including RICHARD THE THIRD, ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR, FACE TO FACE, MY ZINC BED and THE QUARTET FROM RIGOLETTO. She has also appeared in plays for Sydney Theatre Company among many others. Her television credits include: MAL.COM, SOMETHING IN THE AIR, MEDIVAC and RICHMOND HILL, HOUSE HUSBANDS, ELEPHANT PRINCESS, UNDERBELLY, CITY HOMICIDE, ALL SAINTS, THE SECRET LIFE OF US, BLUE HEELERS, HALIFAX FP, MURDER CALL, GP, HEARTLAND, HOME AND AWAY, NEIGHBOURS, as well as appearing in many US series.
GABRIELLE SCAWTHORN also graduated from NIDA and has since studied in the US. Some of her theatre credits include: STOPKISS, YOUNG TYCOONS, YOUNG AND JACKSON and RIDE AND FOURPLAY. TV credits include THE KILLING FIELDS (Cornerstone/Channel 7), DR BLAKE MYSTERIES (ABC), FRESHBLOOD (ABC2), DEADLY WOMEN (Beyond Entertainment).Gabrielle also writes, performs and produces sketch comedy with I’M WITH STUPID; featured on ABC, ABC2, FUNNY OR DIE and BIGSMOKE. Gabrielle was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for her role in STOPKISS. BLOOD BANK in 2015 marked her debut at Ensemble.
“A highly entertaining and provocative play that not only challenges definitions of families and motherhood, but also explores issues of consent and control, generosity and grief … Highly recommended.” Angela Savage
SEASON DETAILS: e-baby
VENUE: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061
DATES: Previews from Thurs 13 October, opening night Wed 19 October 2016, playing to Sun 13 November, 2016
PERFORMANCE TIMES: vary click here for details: https://boxoffice.ensemble.com.au/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowDatesCombo.aspx
PRICES: $65-$73 (booking charges may apply)
BOOKINGS: 02 9929 0644 or www.ensemble.com.au RUNNING TIME: Approx 90 minutes, no interval