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Rutgers Theater Company presents MFA student's "Homemade" March 23-31

Craig M. Dolezel and Sam Leichter
Craig M. Dolezel and Sam Leichter

A gay couple decides that it is time to start a family. Their best lesbian friend steps in to carry the baby, but when problems arise with the fertility process, they’re forced to consider their only option: the good old-fashioned natural way. Rutgers Emerging Artist Josh Levine’s Homemade is a humorous look at the lengths we will go to in order to have a family. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs.

“Can two people who love each other but who are not romantically involved raise a child?” MFA playwright Levine asks, raising one of the play’s central questions. “What does it mean to create a family?”

Levine says he believes that warmth and levity are essential to Homemade, as they “bring people into the play. Discussing sexuality can make people uncomfortable. Humor is a tool for getting them to care about these people.”

Director von Stuelpnagel says the situation, rife with anxiety, longing and desperation, ultimately contains the ingredients of stellar comedy

“What’s appealing to me is the sincere yearning they have to start this chapter in their lives and the lengths they’ll go to in order to provide for each other,” von Stuelpnagel says. “It leads to some hilarious situations.”

Eventually, Levine says, the characters in Homemade widen their notion of family.

“They start out with the idea of making a new family with the more-traditional idea of two parents,” he says. “And in the end they create a new kind of family.”

Homemade runs from Friday, March 23 through Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Philip J. Levin Theater. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors and only $15 for students with valid ID. The Philip J. Levin Theater is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. For more information about any Mason Gross event, and to learn more about the 2012 Rutgers Theater Company season, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 732-932-7511.

Media inquiries: Laurie Granieri, 848-932-5239