Mary's Wondrous Body

Presented by The Birth Play Project

Elision Playhouse

6105 N 42nd Ave Crystal, MN 55422


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90 minutes

Past performances

Saturday, December 3 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4 7:30 pm
Monday, December 5 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Friday, December 9 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11 7:30 pm
Monday, December 12 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Thursday, December 15 7:30 pm
Friday, December 16 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 17 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18 7:30 pm
Comedy Experimental New work Minnesota premiere

The Birth Play Project presents Mary's Wondrous Body, a new play written and directed by Madeline Wall, December 3rd-18th, 2022 at the Elision Playhouse. Follow the production @birthplayproject on Instagram! 

Tickets are available here and are priced on a sliding scale (pick your price, starting at $10). The venue seats no more than 50 people, so advanced reservation is recommended! 


Mary's Wondrous Body is a dark comedy with original music about the life and lies of Mary Toft, who captivated the medical community in 1726 by purportedly giving birth to rabbits. In the play, Mary steps into the present to laugh, sing, grieve, and (maybe) tell the truth. 

CW: discussion & depiction of childbirth, miscarriage, infant death. 

The play is written and directed by Madeline Wall, produced by Wall, Emma Lai, Patrick Brien, and Tia Tanzer, and stage managed by Alissa Barthel and Mariabella Sorini. The acting company includes Sarah Broude, Tessa Dahlgren, Isabella Dunsieth, Nick Miller, Gillian Ness, Emily Rosenberg, Laila Sahir, Tia Tanzer, and Caleb Wagner. 


The Birth Play Project is the brainchild of Madeline Wall, and it serves as a site of ongoing research into childbearing stories in the theatre, based on the principles of reproductive justice and the belief that birth belongs in public memory. The "why" behind the project is best explained through this article, published in the May 2022 issue of the Minnesota Women's Press. 


The Elision Playhouse is a performing arts venue in Crystal, MN (about 8 min from downtown Minneapolis) that opened in 2019 and is the home of Theatre Elision. The space serves as a showcase for local talent and an arts education resource for youth and adults. Mary's Wondrous Body will be performed in the Playhouse's unique "cabaret" space. 

Madeline Wall Writer, Director, Producer
Tessa Dahlgren Violence Choreographer, Actor