Unexpecting brings rom com sensibilities to queer parenting realities

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      What happens when a couple who doesn’t know if they want a baby have one dropped at their door?

      Zee Zee Theatre’s upcoming new comedy, Unexpecting, follows wives Annie and Josephine. They've spent five years of wrestling with the difficult realities of queer family planning—and suddenly have to face the unpredictable parts of new motherhood.

      “While Unexpecting is a joyful and insightful celebration of queer love and the intricacies of relationships, this play is truly for anyone who has struggled with their decision to become parents,” said Zee Zee’s artistic and executive director Cameron Mackenzie, who also directed the work. “Unexpecting offers Vancouver audiences a fresh perspective on love, loss, commitment, and the unpredictable journey towards modern motherhood.”

      Written by local playwright Bronwyn Carradine and set in East Vancouver, Unexpecting is influenced by Carradine’s adolescent love of romantic comedies. And what better setting for a queer rom com than the city that’s backgrounded a thousand Hollywood North romances?

      A press release notes that the cast is largely queer, as well as the director and playwright, situating the play in the lived reality of LGBTQ2S+ people in the Lower Mainland.  

      The script was first developed as an audio play. This production marks the first time it will be shown on stage with a live audience, with an all-women cast of Elizabeth Barrett, Jessica Heafey, Melissa Oei and Rahat Saini.

      Unexpecting is at Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Avenue, from May 5 to 21. Tickets start at $15 and are available online here.