Twelve-year-old Willa Jo Dean and 7-year-old Little Sister Dean are reeling from the death of their baby sister, Baby. Little Sister's torment is so profound that she has stopped talking. The girls have come to stay with Aunt Patty so that their mom can recover, but Aunt Patty is unused to the messy human ways of little girls and finds Little Sister's silence intolerable. Aunt Patty's rules and regulations finally drive the sisters to the roof, where they hope to escape her laws while at the same time getting nearer to their departed baby sister.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code GA6000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience Middle School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583427200
- "We produced this play as part of our Theatre Academy, casting students for all roles. Lovely inter-generational script with a touching story and subtle, rounded roles for all."
- Review by Derek Green, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "For the gnomes, we painted different sized rehearsal cubes to look like benches (gnomes holding a little cement pedestal overhead). If you aren't able to have a set with a roof they can stand on, you'll need to get creative with staging. We referred to the novel for clarification on Aunt Patty snapping her shorts."
- Tip by Derek Green, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Media Reviews"[Getting Near to] Baby … starkly illustrates the divide between childhood intentions and adult interpretations … the right book-turned-play to help launch a searching child's own journey and make it just a little less lonely." -Philadelphia Inquirer
"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." -Seattleschild.com