This week we Spread the Love for The Pregnancy Project by Lindsay Price.
Welcome to this week’s Spread the Love. This week we are talking about, another issue play, we are talking about The Pregnancy Project. We put the word “Pregnancy” right in the title so that there is no surprise as to the subject matter of the play.
And indeed, there is a pregnancy project in the play. An entire health class, both girls and boys, have to wear pregnancy bellies to simulate what it’s like to pregnant and discuss their views. Some like the project, some hate it, some are influenced, some not at all. And one girl is Late. For Real. And doesn’t know what to do. Craig what do you love about The Pregnancy Project?
I love how well the ensemble is integrated into the play. You know that saying “there are no small parts only small actors?” Well, this is a one act with a cast of twenty, pretty big cast, and there are no small parts. Because, everyone gets a monologue or at least a moment to shine in the script. Really wonderful writing. Lindsay, what do love about The Pregnancy Project?
As a writer, I don’t think it’s my job to tell anybody what to do. Even if I want to. Even with an issue like this where I want to throw myself at the feet of every teenager and say: “Don’t do it! You’re too young! There’s so much time!!” Not my job.
It is my job to take an issue and present all angles even if I don’t agree with them. You want to present all angles and you want to make sure those angels are represented by characters. And you want to be sure those characters are three dimensional. And that’s what this play has in spades: characters from all angles that are human beings discussing an issue, living an issue.
That’s it for Spread the Love.