Emma’s Child – Iowa State University Theatre

ISU Theatre’s student directed production

by Kristine Thatcher

Jean and Henry Farrell, after years of unsuccessfully attempting to have a baby of their own, decide to adopt. Emma, the birth mother, approves of the couple. Now a new waiting game begins: awaiting the birth of their child. To help Jean through, her best friend Franny comes for a visit, but brings more baggage than a normal traveler as she is separating from her husband, Sam. When the time arrives it is not a happy occasion however, as the baby, Robin, is born hydrocephalic, and will not live long. It was agreed that Jean and Henry would only accept a healthy infant, but Jean’s investment in the waiting game was too intense and she falls for this child. The attention she pays to Robin not only threatens to tear her marriage apart – sending Henry away on a camping trip with the estranged Sam in a male bonding scene not to be missed – but causes trouble at the hospital as well: Jean has no parental rights, even though Emma has disappeared, and the administrators (despite what the nursing staff have to say) are wary. Eventually, after making some progress, Robin succumbs to his condition, leaving Jean and Henry, not only having to repair their marriage, but right back where they started – interviewing with a new birth mother.

March 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 2 p.m.

Memorial Union Maintenance Shop – Ames

The Cast

Emma/Michelle – Laura Lee Williams
Franny Stornant – Sally Grosenbach
Henry Farrell – Nathan Zobel
Jean Farrell – Melanie Snow
Laurence – Ellis Wells
Mary Jo – Ashley Lorenz
Sam Stornant – Philip Henry
Tess/Dr. Arbaugh – Renee Watkins
Vivian Rademacher – Rachael Rhoades

Creative Team

Director – Amanda Mayfield
Costume Designer – Jenn Woodruff
Lighting Designer – Derek Paper
Scenic Designer – Clayton Johnson
Sound Design – Rachael Rhoades
Assistant to the Lighting Designer – Andrew Leaf
Stage Manager – David Burrack
Assistant Stage Manager – Steven Vander Linden
Assistant Stage Manager – Sydney Grootveld
Props Master – Brett Burkhardt
Photography – Patrick Gouran
Light Board Operator – Nathan Pitsch
Sound Board Operator – Kristen Lindholm
Wardrobe – Mea Hernandez
Run Crew – Vanessa Goetz


Production photos by Patrick Gouran

Read about it in Inside Iowa State and the Iowa State Daily!