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Speed Dating for Sperm Donors

By Natalie Meisner
Directed by Pamela Halstead

Helen and Paige are ready to take the leap to motherhood but they are going to need some help. When Helen’s best friend turns them down as a donor, they embark on a mission to find the perfect man to father their children. And like any search for the “perfect man”, they discover you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince!

Helen and Paige’s crazy journey is based on Natalie Meisner’s non-fiction book Double Pregnant.

Cast List

Helen – Julie Orton
Paige – Janelle Cooper
Evan & others – Mark Bellamy
Trent, Tim & others – Christian Goutsis


Production Team

Playwright – Natalie Meisner
Director – Pamela Halstead
RBC Emerging Director  Karen Johnson Diamond
Sound Design – Ellis Lalonde
Set and Lighting Design – Terry Gunvordahl
Costume Design – Rebecca Toon
Stage Manager – Megan Gurnsey
Assistant Stage Manager – Cale Thompson




"....It's Meisner's razor sharp wit that makes Speed Dating such a delight..."   -  Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun - 4 stars

Lunchbox Theatre’s ‘Speed Dating for Sperm Donors’ is heartwarming fun -  Jenna Shummoogum, GETDOWN.CA

"... It’s a fierce show: funny, emotive, raw..."  -  Janine Trotta, GayCalgary Magazine


Searching for Mr. Right’s sperm - Kathleen Renne, FFWD weekly

Speed Dating for Sperm Donors looks at the humour in having kids - Connor Sadler,  The Gauntlet

Meet Calgary's Most Modern Family In Lunchbox Theatre's New Show - by Karin Olafson, Avenue Magazine

Two lesbians meet, fall in love, and begin a search for Mr. Right’s sperm to start a family - by Jaquie Moore, Swerve. May 9, 2014

Double Pregnant: Double happy - by Cameron Perrier, The Calgary Journal, May 7, 2014

More press about the book and author/ playwright can be found here


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