*Images from musical’s Facebook page*
Jason Ellis’ new musical “Not My Baby” went into full production this past weekend for its two-weekend show running through April 1st weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets to the musical, visit https://nmbplay.wordpress.com.
One of the opening numbers had the words ‘Destiny is calling you,’ a line very fitting as Ellis tackles tough issues like abandonment, teenage pregnancy, abuse, fertility and dark family secrets. Ellis shared that while he is not connected personally to adoption, but that he ‘adopts’ the youth he works with daily as he cares about their total well being.
“Not My Baby” takes place in the Washington, D.C. area and as the website states, explores the definition of family and love while also highlighting the many layers of adoption inside of a few degrees of separation.
No spoiler alert, but in classic Ellis style, the last scene packs the biggest punch and answers all of the audience’s questions throughout the performance. While it was interesting to see audience members guess at connecting some of the well placed dots during the show, the ‘ah ha’ moments that come later bring both joy and pain.
Ellis excels at showcasing colorful threads of real life issues that weave together to create a quilted work of art.
Ending with the song “Together,” the pain and pleasure… the trials and triumph of family is brought to the forefront in a magnificent and fluid way.