A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits
by C. Denby Swanson
In England in 1725, a young woman named Mary Toft chased a rabbit through her fields. She was several weeks pregnant with her third child, and the family was hungry. She hoped to catch the rabbit and cook it, but it got away. Soon after, she went into labor and miscarried a rabbit. Over the course of the next four months Mary Toft gave birth 18 times to rabbits or pieces of rabbits. Two of the three prominent physicians who examined Mary Toft believed that her rabbit pregnancy was scientifically possible. Today, it just might be. And it certainly is in A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits, where characters live on the edge of the imagined and the real. Mare, a surrogate for her infertile sister Kitty, has just given birth to her first…. Rabbit. There will be 24 additional rabbits after this. How are we made? By whom?
Directed by Jenny Larson
Puppetry by Connor Hopkins
Music by Graham Reynolds
Featuring performers: Josh Meyer as the Stork, Robin Grace Thompson, Nitra Gutierrez, Halena Kays, Shaun Patrick Tubbs, Connor Hopkins, and Matt Hislope
Video design by Lee Webster
Set by Connor Hopkins
Lights by Megan Reilly
Sound by Buzz Moran
Costumes by Jessica Gilzow
Check out the article about the show in this month’s American Theatre magazine.
This show is an ASW Finer Point Production and the February 18th performance will be a benefit for Austin Script Works to help us replenish the fund. Tickets are $15 and available at www.salvage vanguard.org.
Come at 7:00 for a free Butoh performance by Spank Dance’s Ellen Bartel then enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and conversation with Colin and Christi. Please plan to attend!