The Hypotheticals

Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Sarah Reuben

Presented by Brown’s Mart and Darwin Festival in association with The Last Great Hunt

Meet two best friends in their mid-30s – a single woman and a partnered gay man – who are deciding whether to have a baby. Together. She’s the daughter of immigrants, living on unceded land. He’s a middle-class Australian who has grown up in a world that told him he could be anything he dreams, but he hasn’t really become much. Together they ask where do you belong in your family’s history? What does it mean to bring a child into a world that’s burning? And if a man is gay, isn’t that evolution’s way of telling him to step out of the gene pool? But then… isn’t becoming a parent a natural evolutionary instinct? Is it a right? Is it right for them? And what happens if you have a kid and just get a really annoying one?

The Hypotheticals is both a deeply personal story and a work of imagination for the writers and performers Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Sarah Reuben, as they contemplate their futures and the future of their (yet to exist) children.

Winner of the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award in the 2020 NT Literary Awards, The Hypotheticals is a savvy exploration of evolution, the human race, fantasy and fear.

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes