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Past Production

Inked Baby

By Christina Anderson
Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
Sep 12, 2019–Oct 5, 2019
West Coast Premiere
Venue: Potrero Stage

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Christina Anderson

Desperate to have a child and distrustful of artificial methods, Gloria and her husband Greer decide to conceive a child by natural means, with the help of Gloria’s sister Lena. The sex is good, the insemination successful — and yet affection is just out of reach for everyone involved. As Lena’s pregnancy develops and relationships become ever-more strained, a strange contamination begins to affect the township’s health, bringing the family’s choices and their mortality into question. Crowded Fire is thrilled to welcome back the nationally-lauded Anderson after producing the world-premiere of her first play, DRIP, in 2009 and GOOD GOODS in 2012. Poetic, mysterious, and full of longing, Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY questions how and why we hold onto land and family, even when both seem toxic and the future tenuous.

Featuring: Christell Lewis,  Jennifer McNeal, David Everett Moore◼, Leigh Rondon-Davis, Kenny Scott, ShawnJ West, Jasmine Milan Williams

Assistant Director: Alejandra Maria Rivas
Dramaturg: Amissa Miller
Scenic Design: Celeste Martore
Costume Design: Jackquelin Pedota
Lighting Design: Dylan Feldman
Sound Design: Christopher Sauceda
Props Design: Marykerin Naughton
Intimacy Choreographer: Maya Herbsman
Movement Choreographer: Kendra Barnes
Stage Manager: Rachel Grace Reyes Mogan★
Technical Director: Beckett Finn
Production Manager: Stephanie Alyson Henderson★

★ Crowded Fire Resident Artist
◼ Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Photos

How do you bring a child into the world when your home is turning toxic and strange? Jasmine Milan Williams (as Ky) and Leigh Rondon-Davis (as Lena) (l to r) in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

Parents-to-be Gloria (Christell Lewis, l) and Greer (David Everett Moore, r) support Lena (Leigh Rondon-Davis) as Dr. Marion (ShawnJ West) delivers the couple’s desperately-wanted child, in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

Surrogate Lena (Leigh Rondon-Davis, l) and her sister Gloria (Christell Lewis, r), the soon-to-be-mother, in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

A strange contamination looms and an ominous Medical Assistant (Jennifer McNeal, l) checks in, as surrogate Lena (Leigh Rondon-Davis, r) gets closer to her due date. Don’t miss the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

Ky (Jasmine Milan Williams, l) gets no answers from the Medical Assistant (Jennifer McNeal, r), as contamination continues to spread in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

David Everett Moore (as Greer) makes friends with pretzel Petey as he contemplates a home that is turning toxic in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

Kenny Scott (as Odlum) offers a welcome respite to Christell Lewis (as Gloria) (l to r) in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

How do you bring a child into the world when your home is turning toxic and strange? Leigh Rondon-Davis (as Lena) and ShawnJ West (as Dr. Marion) (l to r) in the West Coast Premiere of Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY, running September 12 – October 5, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

Funders

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation

Fleishhacker Foundation

Tiffany Cothran & Kieran Ringgenberg