Jail Baby

Written by:

Hope McIntyre, Cairn Moore

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • People of Colour: 5
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Abuse
Addiction
Crime
Doubling
Episodic
Justice System
Non-Linear Narrative
Prison
Race
Sex
Social Services

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2013

Synopsis:

“Jasmine bursts into the world unlike your typical newborn child and is anointed a ‘jail baby.’ Born in prison, raised by a mother who revolved in and out of the correctional system, tossed in and out of foster care, Jasmine is destined to become one of society’s monsters. When she finds herself pregnant and facing her most serious charge yet, Jasmine is horrified at the thought of having her unborn child repeat her life of despair. Through a series of parodies, myths about incarcerated women are woven together with scenes from Jasmine’s journey. From bad prison B movies, to Kangaroo Court, the ensemble of characters turn common beliefs on their heads in order to make the audience question their preconceptions of women ‘offenders’.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

JASMINE: age 18-20

JAS: young version of Jasmine, age 3-14

TANIS: Jasmine’s mother, age 20-30

GRANDPA JOE: Jasmine’s grandfather, 50s

PATRICIA: daughter of Frank, who is killed in a robbery

DEREK: Tanis’ boyfriend, 30s

LILY: victim services worker

HEATHER: correctional officer

LIZ: Jasmine’s friend and fellow street worker

FRANK: Patricia’s father and Jasmine’s client, 50s

SALLY: mediator with mediation services

JERRY: politician

RINGMASTER: androgynous, ageless

CHAR: incarcerated woman who goes through all levels of incarceration

VOICE 1 / VOICE 2 / VOICE 3 / GUARD 1 / GUARD 2 / CAT / KITTY / MRS. SMITHFIELD / LEONARD / SKY / LADY 1 / LADY 2 / KID / JANET / ZAK / CFS WORKER / JOHNNY – DRUG DEALER / JIMMY / POLICE OFFICER / TERRI  / LARRY / MONSTER / SARA / JURY 1 / JURY 2 / DEFENSE / CROWN / BAILIFF / JUDGE / CARL – GUARD / DOCTOR / P.A. / DR. QUACK / NURSE

First Produced:

2013, Winnipeg Asper Center

Resources:

Jail Baby is available through the CPO website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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