The Blessed Child

by Astrid Saalbach

Translated by Michael Evans
Directed by Christine Lin

The first US production of Saalbach's work
Part of the
 Alcyone Festival 2009
June 11 through July 18, 2009
Performances were at the Lincoln Square Theatre

Women rule the world, and men are reduced to pathetic house-slaves. No children have been born for decades, and humanity faces extinction. Then a female servant gets pregnant, apparently by divine intervention. She gives birth to the blessed child, who is half man and half beast. The play is a grotesque satire about a generation of adults so obsessed by their careers, ridiculous alternative lifestyles, and the pursuit of personal growth, that they no longer notice their children.

Featuring: Mary Anne Bowman, Carley Cornelius, Irene Kapustina, Ed Kuffert, Austin Oie, Gabe Omana, Amanda Reader, Nick Staten, Meghann Tabor, Quinlan Winkler

Lighting Designer: Ellen Moore
Costume Designer: Emily Nelson
Sound Designer: Antonio Bruno
Production Stage Manager: Amanda Frechette

pictured: Amanda Reader, Ed Kuffert and Nick Staten, photo by Austin Oie