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Expecting IsabelExpecting Isabel
by Lisa Loomer

May 9 - May 31, 2008

Directed by Brett Young

Having a child is a serious undertaking. Watching Miranda and Nick trying to have a child is seriously funny in Lisa Loomer's EXPECTING ISABEL.

Miranda and Nick are a Manhattan couple in their late thirties who have been married for ten years.

One day, Nick looks up from the sports page to proclaim, "You know what I'd really love? A child."

And so their odyssey begins as they try to grow from a couple into a family. Each brings a different perspective to the prospect. Miranda, who writes condolences for a greeting card company, is a cynical lady with an unpleasant childhood and a boozy mother. Nick, an aspiring sculptor, is an optimist who rejoices about his happy childhood as part of a loud, passionate Italian-American family.

  

        

   

Despite their differences, the husband and wife approach baby-making with equal fervor. When Mother Nature is uncooperative, their journey takes them through a maze of medical specialists, fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization, support groups and self-help books.

  

  

  

 

  

When they reach a dead end, the sign reads "adoption" and directs them to a slew of lawyers, new support groups, adoption "facilitators" and numerous young pregnant women who may give their babies up for adoption. Through it all, Miranda and Nick are tested again and again as their finances, their careers and their marriage suffer from the strain. Their journey is maddening, hilarious and ultimately touching by play's end.

  

  

  

  


Playwright Lisa Loomer has also worked as a screenwriter, an actress and a stand-up comic. She co-wrote the screenplay for GIRL INTERRUPTED, which starred Angelina Jolie and Wynona Ryder. Over the years, she has been the recipient of numerous playwriting awards. For EXPECTING ISABEL in particular, she received an award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Her work often deals with contemporary family life, particularly the experiences of Latinos and Hispanic-Americans.

  

  

  
 

 THE CAST    


Miranda   Erin Woods
Nick   Joe DiBello
Yolanda, Nurse, Paula, Streetperson, Judy   Rebecca McCauley
Lila, Grocery Store Mom, Therapist, Taylor   Kris Schniske
Sal, Richard, Dr. Wilde, Junkie, Boss, Val, Harvey   Shane Green
Dominic, Gary, Cabbie, Eugene, Waiter   Scotty Taylor
Pat, Dr. Wilde's Nurse, Heather, Lisa, Isabel   Holly McNatt
Tina, Nurse, Sanitation Worker, Group Leader, Lupe   Cristela Carrizales
Bookstore Clerk & Attendant   Addison Miller
Father & Son   Jonathan & Ryne Siler
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Brett Young
Set Design   Brett Young
Jason McMurray
Costume Design   Danyel Siler
Lighting Design   Kyle Watson
Sound Design   Rodney Brazil
Stage Manager / Light Board Operator   Christian Pemberton
Sound Technician   Courtney Hahne
Set Construction   Jason McMurray
Justin Barrick
Lauren Brecheen
Scenic Artist   Nick Backes
Additonal Scenic Painting   Jason McMurray
Lauren Brecheen
Rhonda Clark
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Running Crew & Dressers   Rebecca Damron
Rachel Dowell
Justin Malzer
Addison Miller
Lighting Crew   Emily Johnson
Poster & Ad Design   Jonathan Siler
Website Photos   Rhonda Clark
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
CST Artistic Director   Rhonda Clark
CST Box Office Manager   Vicky Zipf
CST Technical Director   Jason McMurray
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Dr. Gilbert Haas, Linda Manaugh, Kathy McCormick, Jon Womastek, Doobie Potter, Terry Veal, Tom Harrington, MetroTech, Classen SAS Drama Department

Cast & Opening Night Party Sponsors: The Center For Reproductive Help - "Where Infertility is Inconceivable"
Opening Night Party Sponsor: Trattoria Il Centro

 
   

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