The Baby Dance: Mixed
Rubicon Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE BABY DANCE: MIXED, a new adaptation by Emmy Award-winner JANE ANDERSON (“Olive Kitteridge”) of her acclaimed 1989 play The Baby Dance. A drama delicately laced with comic overtones, THE BABY DANCE: MIXED is directed by Rubicon Artistic Associate JENNY SULLIVAN. It is a compelling and urgent play about race, class, and wanting the perfect child. In the story, Regina and Richard, an affluent mixed-race couple in Los Angeles, have everything except a baby. Wanda and Al, an African-American couple living in an overcrowded trailer in modern-day Louisiana, are too poor to keep their soon-to-be-born child. Through an adoption attorney, the two couples broker a deal. However, circumstances arise that affect their decision and the situation spins out of control. The Wall Street Journal describes the original The Baby Dance as “filled with emotional power and nimble humor.” The L.A. Times calls it “a stunner…funny as well as perceptive.” Rubicon’s production of THE BABY DANCE: MIXED begins previews on May 2, 2018 and opens on Saturday evening, May 5(Cinco de Mayo) at Rubicon Theatre Company’s intimate home, a former historic church located in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The production continues Wednesdays through Sundays through May 20.
The World Premiere of THE BABY DANCE: MIXED by Jane Anderson opens on Saturday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) at 7:00 p.m., with a red carpet and champagne event prior to the show downstairs at the theatre and a post-show party with the playwright, directors, designers and cast hosted by an area restaurant. Low-priced previews begin on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. Previews continue Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances are Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. (a new time this year), Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Talkbacks take place after the show on all Wednesdays (except the previews).
Ticket prices for THE BABY DANCE: MIXED range from $30 to $55, with special discounts for military, students and groups. THE BABY DANCE: MIXED is a part of Rubicon Theatre Company’s 20th Anniversary Season, and may be purchased as a part of a 3- or 4-show mini-series package at a 15% savings. Remaining shows in the season include the World Premiere concert I Dig Rock-and-Roll Music, the encore run of Return to the Forbidden Planet, and a large-cast, two-piano version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.