War Babies

Written by:

Margaret Hollingsworth

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Children
Family
Gender Roles
Health
Love
Marriage
Mental Health
Play Within a Play
Relationships
War

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

1977

Synopsis:

“In War Babies, after twenty years of marriage, Esme, a playwright, and Colin, a war correspondent, are expecting a baby. Fears of middle-aged childbirth as well as the latent male-female antagonism of two decades of living together intensify as the date of the birth draws near.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

ESME CREARY: A playwright, age 42

COLIN CREARY: Esme’s husband, a newsman, age 42

ESME 2: The character depicted by Esme in P.W.P.

COLIN 2: The character depicted by Colin in P.W.P.

BARBARA: Around 40

JACK MACNEIL: Scottish, early 40s

CRAIG: Age 19 (the identity of this character is not immediately evident to the audience)

POLICEMAN 1: Doubled by actor playing Jack

STORE CLERK: Doubled by actor playing jailer

PADDY: Doubled by actor playing Barbara

First Produced:

1984 New Play Centre, Vancouver

Resources:

War Babies is available through CPO Website and Talonbooks in the anthology Willful Acts.

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