‘Baby With the Bathwater’ Next Play at WWU

To bring an exciting theatre season to a close, William Woods University will perform the comedy “Baby With the Bathwater” by Christopher Durang.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. April 21, 22, 28 and 29, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. April 23 in Dulany Auditorium.

WWU student performers include Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as Helen; Arin Brewington of DeSoto, Mo., as Cynthia/Angela/Susan; Taylor Davidson of Kansas City, Mo., as Daisy; Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo., as Nanny/Kate/Principal, and Daniel Saults of Rolla, Mo., as the Voice. Matt Pedersen, a North Callaway High School student, will also perform in the play as John.

The play will be directed by Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre, and the scenery will be designed by him as well. The lighting design will be by Mike Zumwalt of Fenton, Mo., and costume design by Jane Friedman.

“Baby With the Bathwater” is a dark comedy about how difficult it is to be a parent, and how scary it is to be a baby and a child. The play is written in an absurdist, playful style and for all its dark topic, has a hopeful ending.

The play begins with Helen and John gazing proudly at their new offspring, a bit disappointed that it doesn’t speak English and too polite to check its sex. They decide that the child is a girl and name it Daisy, which leads to all kinds of future emotional and personality problems when it turns out that Daisy is actually a boy.

Thereafter, in a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, the saga of Daisy’s struggle to establish his identity continues, despite his parents growing obliviousness.

Ticket prices are $8.50 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, WWU students and staff. The production is for mature adults and is not appropriate for children under the age of 13. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, call Potter at (573) 592-4281.