THE KID THING
Nothing Without a Company Presents 2017 Spring Production
The Kid Thing
March 13 - April 15, 2017
CHICAGO, February 1, 2017 - Chicago non profit theatre company Nothing Without a Company is proud to present the opening of its 2017 spring production, The Kid Thing, written by Sarah Gubbins, and directed by Jake Fruend. Previews are on March 13, 14 and 15. The show opens on Thursday, March 16, closes on Sunday, April 15, and runs Thursday to Sunday every week at 7:30 pm. The location of The Kid Thing is the North Mansion of Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, February 14 at nothingwithoutacompany.org.
The Kid Thing is the first published play that Nothing Without a Company has produced. Originally written in 2009, The Kid Thing is brought back to life eight years after its inception. Over the past decade, the LGBTQIA community has gone through significant changes, and The Kid Thing is a manifestation of how much we have grown as a community, while illustrating our need for growing sensitivity and inclusiveness. Company Member Jake Fruend directs, and Co-Artistic Director Anna Rose Ii-Epstein joins the cast as Nate.
The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected announcement of one couple’s pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Darcy (Shalyn Welch) and Leigh (Samantha Michelle Nava) find themselves confronting the delayed conversation of having kids of their own following Nate (Anna Rose li-Epstein) and Margot (Taylor R. Craft)’s pregnancy announcement; Leigh is ready to get started and Darcy is… more hesitant. A chance visit brings Margot’s sperm donor, Jacob (Gabriel Fries)—a college friend of Nate and Leigh’s—to Chicago, and gives Leigh the opportunity to move one step closer to her parenting goal. Some language and attitudes of the characters may be offensive.
Sarah Gubbins’ recent credits include the upcoming Amazon series I Love Dick, produced by Transparent creator Jill Soloway, which tells the story of a struggling married couple and their mutual obsession with a charismatic professor named Dick. VOGUE covered her and I Love Dick in an interview article in August 2016 by Julia Felsenthal. Gubbins’ play Cocked was produced by Victory Garden Theater in February 2016.