Pregnancy - it's a time when a woman's body isn't just her own, when crazy thoughts and desires fill an otherwise sane person's life. Trust Diane Flacks to find all the humour as well as the emotional highs and lows in childbearing.
Bear With Me, her book inspired by writing a NOW Love & Sex column about sex during pregnancy, has given birth to a solo stage adaptation. She's even scheduled matinees for mothers and their under-twos, and another with on-site babysitting. See Opening.
What's it like adapting a book into a stage work?
You know those little squiggly drawings at the beginning of chapters? Those are hard to do onstage, as is the ampersand.
What are the birth pangs of creating a piece of theatre?
That's a good analogy. There's the gestation of an idea, a time when it makes you feel nauseous and, finally, the thrill and joy of releasing it.
What were some titles you discarded before you settled on Bear With Me?
Why Didn't They Tell Me? was my first title. I later thought of calling it 100 Incredibly Easy Ways To Lose Weight And Look Sexy! just to really sell it.
What would you like men (whether they're fathers or not) to get from the show?
Validation for feeling that their partner has lost her mind. I believe the show is universally translatable to all parents; we all share the shock and awe.
What's it like playing to an audience of mothers and babes in arms, as you did in workshops?
Loud. It's like acting against a wall of sound and energy. But those are the moms who most need to see the show. This time, I'm using a mic for those performances.
During the run of the show, how will you explain to your kids what Mommy's doing?
I shall lie. "Mama's just slipping out to the store. I'll be right back...."