From March 2 onwards, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation’s Black Box stage will be presenting a play that elaborately looks at the restrictions and rewards of gender identity. Written in 1982, Christopher Durang’s “Baby with the bathwater” is a Mel Brooks-like comedy that deals with the social construct of gender, as young couple Hellen and John are seen returning from their hospital with their new baby, and start thinking about naming it, only to fight over the baby’s gender. Ultimately, they decide to name the baby Daisy, and raise it as a girl. However, growing up in a challenged environment, with his parents and a strange nanny that appears as if out of nowhere, Daisy grows up to exhibit signs of depression and suicidal tendencies. At some point, Daisy, no longer a teenager, identifies as a bisexual boy, only to make for another series of comedically brilliant scenes that deal with Daisy’s struggle to mature, away from parental obsessions.
Directed by Anastassia Koumidou, the performance is based on a translation by Christos Paridis, with Aggelos Papadimitriou designing the sets, and the Burger Project providing the music. The video trailer was directed by Kostas Avgeris. “Baby with the bathwater” features Athina Aleksopoulou, Haris Mpossinas, Ntepi Pagka, Margarita Papagianni, Giorgos Souleiman, and Eva Fraktopoulou.
Where: Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
When: March 2-25; Thursday through Saturday, 9 pm; Sundays 8 pm