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Fall Play: Maybe Baby, It's You

    by Josh Sandin
    Posted on 9/21/2011

FORT DODGE - The Iowa Central theatre department’s fall play will be Maybe Baby, It’s You, a comedy by Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson about the search for a soul mate. The production takes the audience through a series of sketches that shows a lifetime of relationships from first kiss through the not-always-so-golden years of marriage.

“It’s such a unique show—wacky, quirky, genuine, silly, heartfelt—you name it, this show has it, and it all revolves around the search for love,” said Iowa Central Director of Theatre Teresa Jackson. “What excited me most about the script was the chance to showcase the true range of talent we always have here in our Iowa Central student body.”

The play is an unconventional scene-to-scene journey as it features 11 separate scenes, or vignettes, that show the audience a different scenario in the search for lasting love. For example, one vignette is set in a junior high classroom where star-crossed nerds make a connection; in another, a bride and groom exchange unusual wedding vows; in still another, a mild-mannered Midwesterner’s blind date turns out to be a Greek goddess bent on vengeance against all men.

Three vignettes revolve around one gorgeous, charming brain surgeon who is always "Mr. Wrong" due to his penchant for spastic, arrhythmic club dancing. Perhaps one of the most touching scenes showcases an elderly divorced couple who entertain the possibility of reconciliation at their grandson's soccer game.

“While the show can literally be staged with just one man and one woman portraying every role, the playwrights also offer the opportunity to expand the cast size,” said Jackson. “One of the features I also loved about the script was that the authors connected the scenes with interviews from people on the street answering questions about what they thought of love, marriage, dating and relationships. They encourage directors to be creative in their use of music, projections and original interviews with each production to make it more unique for each time and locale. That’s exactly what we are doing.”

Just like with any Iowa Central production, the entire night will be a unique experience from beginning to end. From the moment play-goers enter the Decker Auditorium, they will be transported into a wedding reception-type atmosphere.  According to Jackson, “the production will have the feel of a wedding complete with brides, grooms, flower girls, receptions, even wedding cake if we can pull it off!”

“Our preshow will feature a power point presentation of many wedding photos that faculty, staff and community members have been willing to share! To blend the arts even more, we are including vocal soloists and dancers from the dance team and Team Unique to help us segue in and out of the love stories unfolding in the play.   Finally, we will be inviting audience participation at times, and incorporating the talents of our Improvisational Acting Coach, Robin Corsberg, as well as including the presence of a live DJ.”

Maybe Baby, It’s You, will begin its run in the Decker Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 13 and run through Saturday, Oct. 15. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. They can be purchased in the Iowa Central Bookstore or online in advance as well as at the door.

“This will be what I label a ‘feel good’ show,” said Jackson. “One that leaves audiences smiling, laughing, talking, dancing, reminiscing—just  happy to be alive and sharing these moments together.”