by Lisa Grunberger

Becca, a 40-something married woman, has to creatively adapt to her condition of infertility due to “old eggs.” As an adopted woman who has no biological ties to her past, and as an infertile woman, she wrestles with her condition: she is, she say, in “eggs-isle.” Becca dubs herself a “genetic island” as she is adopted and her eggs are “mature” – a fertility euphemism for old. Joined by her alter egos, Estrogen and Lucky, two live puppets, who serve as the chorus, wise fools, and comic relief, the play is full of stories, tragic and funny, about motherhood, fate, the transmission of identity, nature vs. nurture and God. 

  • Cast Size: 1W 2 Gender Neutral
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Lisa Grunberger is a widely published poet, playwright, and Pushcart Nominee. She is the author of three books – Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie’s Adventures in Love, Loss and the Lotus Position (Harper Collins), the poetry book, Born Knowing (Finishing Line Press) and the award-winning I am dirty (Moonstone Press). 

Her play about infertility, motherhood and assisted reproductive technologies, ALMOST PREGNANTfeatured in the Dramatist’s Guild Footlight Series, had a successful run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  EVIDENCE OR MOON IMMIGRANTS, her play about Jewish immigrants, Holocaust survivors, adoption and dybbuks (Jewish ghosts), premiered in Manhattan. Her short plays, ALEXA TALKS TO REBECCA, OR I’M SORRY THERE ARE SOME THINGS I CAN’T DO AND EXPLAINING WHY IS ONE OF THEM and THE NEXT RIGHT NOTE: A COVID CHRONICLE were produced by Some One Speaking.    Her humor monologue about infertility and family, ON RESEMBLANCE had a staged reading at the Association for Jewish Theatre. She wrote and performed THE PRAYER COLLECTOR about the Western Wall in Jerusalem at Makor/92nd Street Y. 

She is working on a memoir called Me and My Makers: A Double Holocaust Inheritance. Lisa is an Associate Professor in English at Temple University. She writes and teaches yoga in Philadelphia where she lives with her family. or find me on Instagram: @LisaGrunberger.  

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