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Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2020

Speed Dating for Sperm Donors
By (author): Natalie Meisner
Natalie Meisner


Playwrights Canada Press



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 20, 2020
$17.95 CAD


8.4in x 5.4 x 0.25 in | 150 gr

Page Count:

112 pages


90 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
  • Short Description
Can a lesbian couple find Mr. Right? When Helen and Paige set out to find a sperm donor who can be known to their future child but not involved their upbringing, the normally anonymous challenge becomes even more intimate than expected.

Can a lesbian couple find Mr. Right?

Helen and Paige really want a baby. Maybe even two. They’ve decided they want to use a sperm donor, but because of Paige’s own upbringing as an adopted child they want the donor to at least be known to the child. This challenge makes the normally anonymous favour even harder and more intimate than they expected. And then there are the options for donors. Through the fast-paced “dating” of several candidates, all of whom come with their own warning labels, Helen and Paige’s relationship is strained to a point where they must remember why they set out on this journey together in the first place.

Natalie does not diminish the struggles of LGBTQ peoples and sees the need for serious plays about them. With this play she wanted to make space for queer comedy and make a space for other family models.

The play is based on Natalie’s personal search with her wife for a sperm donor, which she also wrote about in her memoir Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family. The search brought them into contact with all kinds of people, from all walks of life, opening eyes on all sides.

Natalie Meisner (www.nataliemeisner.com) is a playwright, an award-winning multi-genre author, and the fifth Poet Laureate of Calgary. Baddie One Shoe is a collection of odes to renegade women who fight the powers that be with laughter. Boom Baby won both the Alberta and the Canadian National Playwriting Awards. Speed Dating for Sperm Donors was a hit at Lunchbox and Neptune Theatre. Double Pregnant (Fernwood) topped non-fiction lists, and her first book for kids, My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother & Me is about a two-mom biracial family finding community. Meisner is a wife, a mom to two great boys, and a professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University. 

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