January 13, 2020

How can we possibly express the pain of stillbirth?

Rebekah King, 26

I wrote this play with the aim of exploring sorrow on stage without platitude or cliché. I wanted to portray the deeply intimate and often silent struggle of couples trying, and failing, to conceive. The womb-like silence is itself a metaphor for the inexpressibility of reproductive pain, which we still struggle to articulate and heal from. This play is important because I strongly believe that the female body is the first frontier for philosophy, where a seat of life and death co-inhabits with a thinking, human mind. Too long has the womb been ignored, in academia and fiction, despite the fact that the most fundamental dramas of humanity emerge from this silent, invisible stage.

Quest Invisible, 2019Play