The Bumps is a cyclical play about sitting with the unknown, written for a cast of pregnant actors. The play calls for one actor in each trimester and is designed to be performed for a 9-month run. In an extended run, one actor performs three roles, graduating from the first role to the second to the third, before graduating from the piece altogether, creating room with each shift for new performers to enter the process. By featuring an ongoing cycle of performers, The Bumps creates a small economy for pregnant performers in the absence of one, while also celebrating the singularly theatrical nature of change.

The play follows the story of three pregnant women, first in a waiting room in the 80's, and then today in an underwater aerobics class, to explore:
What does the way that we wait say about who we are?
What do we inherit, consciously and unconsciously?
How has motherhood evolved over the generations?
Could pregnant people be....the world's greatest dancers?

A mentor of mine once told me that “theatre is the place to practice letting go.” I like this way of thinking about The Bumps, a project where no one can grip too tightly onto anything. From one week to the next, one actor will be moving differently and breathing differently. Every few months, an actor will play a different role. The cast can’t replicate the mechanics of one particularly good show and I can’t hold on to the image of any one cast. Of course, it’s true that no two live performances of any show are ever actually the same. But with The Bumps, this stops being a force to work against. Flux is the working material.

The Bumps  has been developed collaboratively with director Deena Selenow and cast members Emily Alpren, Sarena Kennedy, Jennie Page, Sara Garcia, Deana Barone, Cristina Fernandez and Jeanne Syquia. Following a 2017 residency at the Skirball Cultural Center, Jennie Liu (Movement), Lena Sands (Costume), Shannon Scrofano (Environment), and Celia Hollander (Sound) have joined the project to explore what it means to build theatre production around our actual lives and bodies. Together, we are investigating how, by reimagining a production model for a pregnant cast, we improve the production process for all of us.

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Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles CA
Feb 3rd & 4th, 2017
2 SOLD OUT SHOWS at the Skirball's Inaugural Performance Lab
Directed by Deena Selenow, sound by Celia Hollander, movement by Jennie Liu, environment design by Shannon Scrofano, costumes by Lena Sands
Performed by Deana Barone, Cristina Fernandez, Jeanne Syquia and Ari Boyland
Free childcare provided during Saturday's performance

Bumps/Works, Women's Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles CA
Jan 30th, 2017
An evening of performances by 6 pregnant LA-based artists, followed by a discussion about parenthood in the arts
Curated by myself and Deena Selenow
Featuring Steffinnie Phrommany, Rebecca Aranda, Deborah Rosen, Cristina Fernandez, Kanya Iwana and Deana Barone
Free childcare provided

Open rehearsals presented through the Hammer Museum's In Real Life: Studio series
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA
December 28, 29, Jan 5, 11, 2017

Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles CA
April 3rd, 2016
Staged reading directed by Deena Selenow
Performed by Sarena Kennedy, Jennifer Neala Page and Sara Garcia
Free childcare provided

The Women's Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles CA
January 22nd, 2016
Staged reading directed by Deena Selenow
Performed by Emily Alpren, Sarena Kennedy and Jennifer Neala Page


Selected by the National Performance Network for a Performance Residency at the Skirball Cultural Center
Jan 30—Feb 4, 2017

Nominated to the Kilroys 2016 Honorable Mention List



PODCAST INTERVIEW with Kitty Lindsay on the play for the <3 Feminist Crush <3 Podcast! 

ARTICLE FOR HOWLROUND, co-written with Deena Selenow about envisioning a theatre that is built around our actual lives and bodies

INTERVIEW FOR CRAVE with Alicia Eler about the play


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Photos at the Skirball Cultural Center by Arianne Alizio
Photos at Moskowitz Bayse by Adam Moskowitz