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Pregnancy in the 21st century topic of new play 'Conception'

Cora Eckert's piece part of Sudbury Theatre Centre's new script reading series
pregnant woman

Sudbury Theatre Centre's new script reading series returns with Cora Eckert's “Conception” Friday, Jan. 25.

"We had a good turnout for Jesse Brady's 'Manifestos,' the first reading in the series, followed by a lively discussion; it was a great evening," said STC artistic director John McHenry, in a press release.

"And we're equally excited about this impactful piece from Cora. It will be a perfect night out for a cold January evening."

The PlayMine, a season-long initiative, features readings from Northern Ontario playwrights and performances by some of Sudbury's finest actors. 

Presented in partnership with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, this exciting opportunity for audiences will take place in Steve's Encore at STC, followed by an intimate conversation with the playwright.

In “Conception,” the stories of several families weave together: a young woman who comes to visit her single mother, heavily pregnant with a child that isn't her own; a man and woman struggling with the concept of sperm donation and male sterility; and a lesbian couple whose friend and sperm donor sues for custody of the resulting child. 

“Conception” is an exploration of the possibilities of what a family can be and how it can come to exist in an age where third-party reproductive technology can challenge the idea of a straightforward "nuclear family.”

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Admission is by donation (cash only, at the door).