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Baby’s Blues

Tammy Ryan
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Susan is a career woman with a seemingly perfect life, complete with sensitive husband and a brand new bundle of joy on the way. Beginning at the moment a very pregnant Susan goes into labor, the play follows her journey as she becomes a new mother, with a frighteningly inexplicable newborn to care for. Employing both realistic and surrealistic elements, BABY’S BLUES explores one woman’s descent into postpartum depression, but also brings into focus the difficult challenge of becoming a mother for the first time, as well as the fine line that sometimes exists between health and madness.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (5 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“BABY’S BLUES makes a strong impact through powerful dialogue … It takes an emotional dilemma and winds it tighter and tighter and tighter to a wrenching peak, leaving us vibrating with the final impact … BABY’S BLUES has undoubted immediacy.” —Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Tammy Ryan’s fiercely emotional and darkly disquieting play takes a frank and sympathetic look at one mother’s descent into serious psychosis brought on by the birth of her first child. Ryan works overtime to keep the story real yet understandable. It’s a tensely orchestrated hundred minute journey unrelieved by intermission, yet there are moments of humor and irony.” —Alice T Carter, Tribune Review

About the Author


  • Tammy Ryan

    TAMMY RYAN's plays have been performed, commissioned and developed at theaters across the United States and internationally such as Alliance Theater, City Theater, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, People's Light, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater and Portland Stage Company among others. Honors include the American Theater Critics Association's Francesca Primus Prize for LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS, and the American Alliance of Theater in Education's Distinguished New Play Award for THE MUSIC LESSON. Ryan was named a 2020 Haas fellow for her play TAKE MY HAND AND WAVE GOODBYE. Other works include SEVEN COUSINS FOR A HORSE (Thrown Stone Theater), THE WAKE (Premiere Stages) MOLLY'S HAMMER (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), SOLDIER'S HEART (Pittsburgh Playhouse) and BABY'S BLUES (NCPA/Mumbai). Her work has received support from the National New Play Network, The New Harmony Project, The Sewanee Writers Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. She is an alumna of the Pittsburgh Public Theater's Playwrights Collective and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/1/2006
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881453164

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by The Rep, Pittsburgh

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Baby’s Blues is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


4/8/2023 – 4/8/2023
Antardhwani Productions
Bengaluru, KAR, India

3/3/2023 – 3/29/2023
Antardhwani Productions
Mumbai, MAH, India

11/4/2017 – 12/31/2019
Antardhwani Productions
Mumbai, MH, India