Demon Baby

Demon Baby
by Erin Courtney

Productions (6)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m, 1 either (7 actors possible: 3-4 f, 3-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult language
  • Set: Unit set

Demon Baby
by Erin Courtney

(0)
Productions (6)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m, 1 either (7 actors possible: 3-4 f, 3-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult language
  • Set: Unit set

An American couple, Wren and Arthur, are relocated to London. As Arthur becomes immersed in his new corporate lifestyle, the previously outgoing Wren retreats into an agoraphobic state, frozen by her fear until she is visited by a demon baby in the form of a garden gnome. This impish gnome inspires Wren to try to connect in her new surroundings, even if her attempts -- a seduction, a dinner party, and a near-fatal game of pinata -- are bizarre and deeply misguided. Demon Baby is a comic and surreal exploration of alienation, culture shock, and the meaning of identity.

Read For FREE Add Script(s) To Cart License Performances Scripts & Performances

Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
NOTE: This play is part of an anthology called Funny, Strange, Provocative: Seven Plays from Clubbed Thumb.
Standard Edition $19.95
Standard Manager Edition $0.00

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

An American couple, Wren and Arthur, are relocated to London. As Arthur becomes immersed in his new corporate lifestyle, the previously outgoing Wren retreats into an agoraphobic state, frozen by her fear until she is visited by a demon baby in the form of a garden gnome. This impish gnome inspires Wren to try to connect in her new surroundings, even if her attempts -- a seduction, a dinner party, and a near-fatal game of pinata -- are bizarre and deeply misguided. Demon Baby is a comic and surreal exploration of alienation, culture shock, and the meaning of identity.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m, 1 either (7 actors possible: 3-4 f, 3-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult language
  • Set: Unit set

Published Reviews

"It's Courtney's nuanced script that allow the actors to shine... Her lighthearted dark comedy is powered not by tired truisms of a disaffected wife's psyche, but by seismic social disconnection."

Jessica Branch, Time Out (New York City)

"Erin Courtney's superbly uneasy comedy physicalizes, most unusually, the anxiety of displacement."

Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice

"The playwright keeps Wren's desperation comic by making her a whimsical screwball heroine... The demon baby turns Wren loose in her small circle of power couples; she stops being a recluse and becomes a guided missile."

Margo Jefferson, The New York Times

Production History

Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
AUG 22, 2014 - AUG 30, 2014
Theater Studies at Duke
Durham, NC United States
Theater Studies at Duke Durham, NC United States
APR 15, 2012 - APR 16, 2012
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL United States
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL United States
APR 26, 2009 - APR 27, 2009
Davidson College
Davidson, NC United States
Davidson College Davidson, NC United States
NOV 30, 2007 - DEC 22, 2007
Convergence-Continuum
Cleveland, OH United States
Convergence-Continuum Cleveland, OH United States
JAN 01, 2003 - DEC 31, 2003
The New Works Now Festival at the Public Theater (reading)
New York City, NY United States
The New Works Now Festival at the Public Theater (reading) New York City, NY United States
JAN 01, 2002 - JAN 31, 2004
Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theatre (commission)
New York City, NY United States
Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theatre (commission) New York City, NY United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
No upcoming productions.
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
JAN 01, 2002 - JAN 31, 2004
Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theatre (commission)
New York City, NY United States
Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theatre (commission) New York City, NY United States

Awards (2)

Princess Grace Award Finalist

Winner of a Multi-Arts Production Fund at Creative Capital Commission