Columbia College Chicago Theatre Alums Explore Lesbian Parenting in ‘The Kid Thing’ March 13-April 15

Nothing Without a Company, a Chicago nonprofit theatre company co-founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents The Kid Thing, a comedy about a lesbian couple preparing to have a baby, March 13-April 15 at the Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. For tickets, click here.

Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

Jake Fruend

NWAC’s co-artistic director, Columbia College alum Anna Rose Ii-Epstein ’07, is in the cast of the show, which is directed by Columbia College alum Jake Fruend ’13, an NWAC company member. Ii-Epstein is a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Acting program; Fruend is a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program.

Alaina Moore

Molly Gloeckner

The show’s production designer, Columbia College alum Alaina Moore ’13, is a graduate of Columbia College’s art and design program. Molly Gloeckner, a student in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Comedy Writing and Performance BA program, is assistant stage manager.

Written by Sarah Gubbins in 2009, The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected announcement of one couple’s pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. One couple find themselves confronting the delayed conversation of having kids of their own following their friends’ pregnancy announcement. “Over the past decade, the LGBTQIA community has gone through significant changes,” says a statement from the company, “and The Kid Thing is a manifestation of how much we have grown as a community, while illustrating our need for growing sensitivity and inclusiveness.”