poster for event

Event Notes

written and performed by Rachel Cairns

Award-winning theatre artist and podcast creator Rachel Cairns, with support from The Howland Company, presents the world premiere of her play Hypothetical Baby

An unintended pregnancy, followed by an unhelpful doctor's appointment, leads to a Christmas Eve abortion and one woman’s reckoning with the practical and existential considerations in deciding to become a parent… or not. Hypothetical Baby is a time-travelling exploration that grapples with the personal and societal factors that shape our reproductive lives and the intricate relationship between choice, change, and loss. From the creator of the award-winning Aborsh podcast, Rachel Cairns mixes data and drama in this autobiographical work to publicly talk about abortion the way we do privately — with neurotic vulnerability, unflinching honesty, and frank irreverence.

Hypothetical Baby has been produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Cayle Chernin Awards also helped to nurture the development of this play.

Written and Performed by Rachel Cairns
Directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster
Sound Design by Cosette Pin
Production, Lighting & Projection Design by Julia Howman
Associate Technical Artist Emily Jung
Production Stage Management by Taylor Young
Poster Design by Hannah Campbell

Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission.
Age Recommendation: 16+.
Audience Advisory: Please read at your own discretion. This production contains mature content, including coarse language, and discussion of abortion, miscarriage, sexual assault, sex, and gender.

Tarragon Subscribers are eligible for a discount, contact Patron Services for your coupon code.

Buy To This Event Directions