C of I theatre presents ‘Baby with the Bathwater’

The College of Idaho theatre department is pleased to present its 2013 fall main stage production Baby with the Bathwater, a comedy written by Christopher Durang and directed by C of I adjunct theatre instructor Kathy Simpson. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and shows at 7:30 nightly on Nov. 8, 9 and Nov. 13-16 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There also will be a closing matinee show at 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. C of I students receive a free ticket, and all seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, call the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426. For more information, call (208) 459-5836.

Baby with the Bathwater is a two-act comedy about new parents Helen and John – who are completely unprepared for parenthood – bringing home and raising their newborn child. The play features an ensemble cast of C of I students headlined by Jordan Bowman and John Wicks as the lead couple. The crew includes Michael Hartwell (scenic design), Deborah Penrod (lighting design) and Freddie Loucks (sound design).

“I think what I enjoy most about the show is that it’s so absurd, but the characters seem so real,” said Wicks, a freshman theatre major from Vallivue High in Caldwell. “It’s a very imaginary world that we try to make feel as though it’s something that could actually happen.”

Simpson is enjoying her first directing job at the C of I, and she says audiences will enjoy the show, too. 

“Durang plays aren’t done frequently because they are really hard to do,” Simpson said. “The actors are doing a phenomenal job. We have four freshmen in the show, kids who are brand new to the college experience, and they are bringing great energy and humor to the performance.” 

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit