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Performance Lab

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff—The Bumps

Friday, February 3, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.

About the Program

Rising playwright Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, creator of the New York Times bestseller My Little Red Book, probes how we make meaning as we wait in this work-in-progress production. Written specifically for a cast of pregnant performers, The Bumps follows three expectant mothers—at three, five, and seven months of pregnancy—over two generations.

Developed in collaboration with director Deena Selenow, an all-women’s team of designers, and the cast, The Bumps combines narrative with movement to chart how our understanding of motherhood has evolved.

Stick around after the show! A conversation with the creative team of The Bumps follows both performances.

FREE childcare and art activities for a limited number of children (ages 3 and up) will be offered in the Family Art Studio during the performance of The Bumps on Saturday, February 4, at 2:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required. To make a reservation, please e-mail programs@skirball.org and indicate the number of children in need of care and the age of each child.

In the Community

Forum on Pregnancy and Parenthood in the Arts

Monday, January 30, 7:00 p.m.

Visit the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) for a FREE night of original work and reflections by six Los Angeles–based pregnant performing artists. Co-presented by the Skirball and the WCCW, Bumps/Works is curated by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and Deena Selenow. The evening features Rebecca Aranda, Deana Barone, Cristina Fernandez, Kanya Iwana, Deborah Rosen, and a discussion.

Reservations are recommended.

FREE childcare for a limited number of children will be offered during Bumps/Works. Advance reservations for childcare are required. To make a reservation, please e-mail info@wccw.us and indicate the number of children in need of care and the age of each child.

Show details

About the Creative Team

​Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, playwright
Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a playwright and author. She is the creator of the New York Times bestseller My Little Red Book and coeditor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015) with Alexandra Brodsky. Her work has been performed at JACK, REDCAT, and Machine Project, and will presented in 2017 at the Hammer Museum and Skirball Cultural Center. She is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College.

Deena Selenow, director
Deena Selenow is a director for live performance, and the director of Oxy Arts at Occidental College. She has directed opera, theater, concerts, puppetry, and site-specific happenings in Los Angeles and New York with organizations including REDCAT, La Jolla Playhouse/Chalk Rep, Machine Project/The Music Center, Company of Angels, Watts Village Theater Company, East West Players/Artists at Play, Dixon Place, New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre and chashama. Deena was a recipient of the Baryshnikov Art Center Multi-Disciplinary Artist Fellowship (2006), the NYTW Emerging Artist Directing Fellowship (2009/2010), and a participant in the Walt Disney Imagineering Educational Initiative (2013). She is a member of Theatre Communications Group’s SPARK Leadership Cohort (a branch of the TCG Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Institute), funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She earned her MFA from CalArts and her BFA from NYU.

Celia Hollander, sound composer

Jennie Liu, movement director

Lena Sands, costume designer

Shannon Scrofano, experience designer

Jeanne Syquia, performer

Cristina Fernandez, performer

Deana Barone, performer

Ari Boyland, performer