If you’re in search of a well-told story that speaks to the macabre, sexual repression, ghosts a la Nathaniel Hawthorne short stories and period horror films, all wrapped up in the forging of the New World via the colonies, THE BIRTHING PIT is the Hollywood Fringe Festival play that you should attend.
For a fringe show? I was impressed. For a small theatre show? Still impressed. This isn't a show you will want to miss this fringe. It's easy to lose gems like this in a sea of silly shows that are thrown together last minute. This piece is really beautiful, haunting, and makes you want to jump onstage with the actors... that's my gauge of a great show.
(come on, you actors all know what I'm talking about <3)...
This show is one of the hidden gems at Fringe. A Gothic romance story set at the end of the Revolutionary War that makes you think about love and responsibility. The exchanges between John (played by Jensen Chambers) and Castella (played by Maia Kazin) are heartfelt and at times, heartbreaking.
When John gets separated from Castella, there’s a flashback of their life. The emotional breakdown that follows shows you the pain and anguish he’s in as he’s reminiscing over his true love.
You see what love can do to you and what you’ll do for it…to keep it close to you.