Both nature and nurture take it on the chin in Breeders, Dan Giles’s sly and keen-witted dark comedy." -Time Out New York
Two men, Dean and Mikey, prepared for ages to have a baby. Now, stifled by convention, Dean has doubts that gnaw at him. Two hamsters, Tyson and Jason, are suddenly pregnant with nine babies. Now, smothered by affection, Tyson has fears that nibble at her.
Nobody was planning to eat anyone. Things just got out of hand.
Breeders is a comedy about the cozy cage of mainstreamed queerness, the surprising variety of things that can fit in one’s mouth, and the tender savagery of ordinary devotion.
With: Alton Alburo, Fernando Gonzalez, Lea McKenna-Garcia, and Jacob Perkins
Written by Dan Giles
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Scenic Design by Brian Dudkiewicz
Costume Design by Genevieve V. Beller
Lighting Design by Oona Curley
Sound Design by Ben Vigus
Stage Management by Nikki Castle
"Scrappily directed by Jaki Bradley, 'Breeders' goes in unexpected directions: It includes a hilarious scene of deadpan violence, a soupçon of Greek tragedy and a kind of sex play I don’t think I’ve seen onstage before. At its heart is a cheeky inquiry into the naturalness of domesticity that transcends distinctions of species, sexuality and gender."
-Time Out New York
"Switching between episodes, from human interaction to gerbil captivity, is skillfully rendered through Jaki Bradley’s rhythmically tight direction and revolving world concept - scenic design by Brian Dudkiewicz - and a highly anticipated pleasure because it marvelously advances the plot. Breeders is an unexpectedly marvelous new comedy that births more questions than answers and smartly challenges the audience to ponder what is an honest desire versus a biological need."
-The Huffington Post
"Those inclined to believe that animals are kinder than humans may change their mind after BREEDERS. It's a violent business all around... but BREEDERS, directed by Jaki Bradley, examines the trials of breeding with intelligence, feeling, and wit."
"A wonderfully quirky, elegantly crafted new play with some startlingly unsettling moments...It takes a lot to shock me, and shock me 'Breeders' did, on more than one occasion. Bradley’s direction does not shy away from these moments, allowing them the space they need to be fully understood."
-Theater is Easy