Seale, Anne (American playwright, writer, 1960-____), “Fertility Rights,”
a 40-minute lesbian-oriented comedy in English, set in the living room of home in medium-size town, in the late afternoon, today,
© 1998 by Anne Seale, script/rights available from Anne Seale, telephone (home) 602-671-3286, e-mail SFBAS@aol.com. Cited by Anne Seale via ftp March 14, 1998; Seale says,
Dramatis Personae Liz (f), sister to Donna; Donna (f), sister to Liz; Emily (f), a younger straight woman.
Synopsis “Liz has been inseminated monthly at a clinic for more than a year now. She is becoming disheartened by her failure to conceive, and by the immense cost of the procedure. In the clinic waiting room, she meets Emily, a younger straight woman who is looking for an apartment, and invites her to consider becoming a housemate. When the play opens, Liz and her sister Donna are just returning from the clinic, and Emily drops in to see the house. Liz and Emily share information about their respective sperm donors Emily moves in. She and Liz get along splendidly until Emily becomes pregnant. Liz remarks that she may try using Emily’s donor, and Emily freaks. They argue, then Emily tears up the donor list and moves out. Emily’s sister, Donna, tries to explain to Liz why Emily, a straight woman, may consider the donor of the sperm that inseminated her to be the father of her child, and feel proprietary about him. The discussion opens old wounds that have to do with Liz’s family rejecting her when she came out to them. In the last scene, Emily, nine-months pregnant, drops in to find that Liz is eight-months along. Emily divulges that she tried to contact her donor, confirming Donna’s theory. The scene ends with the onset of Emily’s labor and a twist.”
Themes artificial insemination, clinic, housemate, infertility,
labor, money, possessiveness, pregnancy, sperm donor.
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