Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People tracks birth mother Mariah MacCarthy’s true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams—while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to goodbyes, this intimate night of storytelling is up close and personal. Winner of The Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producers Pick Award. Bring hankies.

Mariah MacCarthy (they/them/she/her) is a writer and creatrix whose award-winning plays have been done everywhere from NYC subway stations to brunches in Paris. Other places their work has been developed and presented include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rattlestick, Primary Stages, Edinburgh Fringe, Culture Project, New Dramatists, La MaMa, HERE, Dixon Place, The Brick, Atlantic Stage 2, Fringe NYC, and the Edinburgh Fringe. Indie Theater Hall of Fame (“Person of the Year” 2012), PoNY nominee. Her plays include Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People (Edinburgh Fringe; winner of the Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer's Pick Award; viewed over 42,000 times on YouTube), Honors Students (Kilroys List Honorable Mention; EST/Youngblood Unfiltered), Safeword (Dixon Place), Magic Trick (FringeNYC and Theatre Row; winner of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award and Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences), Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion (“sweet and boisterous…a lot of fun" -The New York Times), The Foreplay Play (two NYIT Award nominations), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (twenty Looking Glass Forum Awards, FringeNYC “Outstanding Performance”), and The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (“f*cking brilliant” -Kate Bornstein; performed in Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, and New York). They're an alum of Youngblood and Executive Artistic Director of Caps Lock Theatre. Her first novel, Squad, will be published with FSG in March 2019.


“MacCarthy doesn’t pull any punches… funny, moving and unapologetically candid …an entertaining slice of biography.” -Time Out New York


“MacCarthy holds nothing back…With radical intimacy and humor , she offers a candid look at love, family, friendship, and sacrifice–and there’s

even some burlesque to boot.” -The Village Voice (“Voice Choice”)


“ A shining diamond of a show : beautiful storytelling and intimate staging…a heartbreakingly cathartic experience that you should not miss…I am not the only one to be moved to tears …If you go and see one new show at the Fringe this year, make it this one .” -Broadway Baby (?????)

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