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Ritchie, Carl W. (Canadian playwright, 1957-____), “Inconceivable,”

a 50-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a North American city, 1998-2000,


  •  © 2000 by Carl W. Ritchie;  •  script/rights available from Carl Ritchie, 121 West 20th Street #4G, New York, New York 10011, U.S.A., e-mail PlaysNYC@aol.com, telephone (home) 212-691-8929, fax 212-691-5107.  •  Cited by Carl Ritchie, via ftp October 16, 2000, Ritchie says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mark (m), 35, husband; Lynn (f), 35, wife.

  §  Synopsis “Lynn and Mark attempt to conceive a child. They try various techniques, from a homemade artificial insemination kit to in-vitro fertilization, all to no avail. When they eventually decide to adopt—another process that sometimes takes many years—they are incredibly lucky, as the birth mother chooses Lynn because she is musical. When their adopted baby arrives, Lynn admits to being glad the in-vitro didn’t work—‘Lucy is the baby we were meant to have.’ The mothers-in-law declare a truce. Lynn and Mark hold their very much loved adopted child. Also, Lynn may actually be pregnant at last.

  §  Comment “The play uses many short scenes. Although the subject matter is sometimes heartbreaking, the play uses humor whenever possible to lighten the situation. This is especially true when Lynn and Mark occasionally become their own mothers, each with a view on whose child is to blame for the lack of fertility.  •  Lunchbox Theatre, in Calgary, Canada commissioned ‘Inconceivable’ and premiered it October 18, 2000. The bulk of the action occurs in the couple’s home, but a few other scenes can be simply suggested—the office where she is a receptionist, a fertility clinic/sperm bank, a stretch of highway. I envisioned, when Lynn and Mark become their mothers, life-size colorful pictures of each mother with a hole cut out where the face should be. Then the actors insert their faces into the cutouts during the mothers’ scenes. Lunchbox Theatre went one step further by adding cutouts for the actors’ arms. However, the mothers could also come to life with the simple addition of wigs (filled with curlers?) or hats.”

  §  Themes adoption, baby, conception, conceiving a child, fertility, infertility, mother-in-law, starting a family.

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