Getting Near to Baby
from the Newbery Honor Book by Audrey Couloumbis
© 2006

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"Y York's excellent stage adaptation already feels like a classic."
Kerry Lengel The Arizona Republic
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"I've seen thousands of "adult" plays without laughing or crying as much as I did during Getting Near to Baby...Labels be damned, great theater deserves and audience -- children, family and all."

Mark Cofta Philadelphia City Paper

"Getting Near to Baby deals with the breadth of children's loss, grief and capacity to overcome tragedy with so much wisdom, humor and sensitivity that nothing but good conversation can come of any adult and child viewing it together, whether they've faced loss yet or not. For families like ours, who have experienced the death of an immediate family member, Getting Near to Baby is a reminder of the amazing resilience of children and the power of extended family to love and care when a parent needs time to heal.

On top of that, this play is simply one of the finest, simplest productions I've seen at SCT. York's script is intelligent, poignant, well-timed and movin." -- Cheryl Murfin

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"Set in a small Southern townin 1967, the action of Getting Near to Baby swirls around the death of a small child and the effects of that tragedy on the baby's two older sisters, their mother and father, and the aunt and uncle who take in the two sisters in the wake of their mother's emotional collapse and father's abandonment.That may sound a bit heavy for a family play, but Getting Near to Baby is quite inspirational because the author and dramatist have faced grief honestly and drawn the characters sympathetically."

Michael Caruso

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"[Getting Near to] Baby...starkly illustrates the divide between childhod intentions and adult interpretations. York's dialogue uses a deceptively light, natural touch suited to the story and to its young principals. ...the right book-turned-play to help launch a searching child's own journey and make it just a little less lonely."

Wendy Rosenfield Philadelphia Inquirer

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This play was commissioned & premiered by People's Light & Theatre Company in 2008. The play was developed through workshops at New York University's Provincetown Playhouse and Arizona State University West.

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2013 AATE Distingushed Adaptation Award

2 adult female, 1 adult male, 4 juvenile female, 1 juvenile male
multiple settings
full length

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published by Dramatic Play Publishing

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