Posted on June 27, 2014 by Basement
I have to admit that as of late I’ve had a bit of an attitude when it comes to the topic and themes that Seed is built around. Currently my life is populated by women who are very concerned with or occupied by “seed” (I work with mothers and children, two of my best friends are pregnant, and another dear friend just gave birth last week). These facts leave me feeling as if I have heard every reproductive debate under the sun! So when it came to asking someone along to see Seed with me, I decided to avoid the inevitable thousandth, opinionated, feminist, post show conversation and invite along my unsuspecting partner.
Dawn Glover: What did you think when I told you we were going to go and see a show about reproduction?
Mario Hernandez: I had no idea what to expect
DG: Did the topic make you uncomfortable at all?
MH: Not at all. I felt like it (the show) was an interesting insight into a part of the female psyche…when it comes to babies.
DG: Before seeing Seed, as a guy, do you feel like you were familiar with any of the struggles experienced by the characters?
MH: They aren’t situations that I have encountered in life, but I have seen them briefly referenced in media: unwanted pregnancies in movies, moral battles between pro-choice and pro-life, couples struggling to conceive…but it’s never been a major part of anything I have seen.
DG: How did you feel about the way men were portrayed in Seed?
MH: I feel they were shallow and mostly used as comic relief or sounding boards, but given the over all feel of the show that didn’t detract too much.
DG: Have you ever had a woman try to use you for your “seed?”
MH: Not that I know of…
DG: In retrospect were you glad to be dragged to the show? Did you feel enlightened?
MH: A little bit enlightened but mostly entertained.
And so though my inviting Mario to the show was at first a selfish choice, it ended up being a good “theatrical proof” for me. That a show (when well done), though based on a topic which might seem to appeal to one group of humans but alienate another, can end up entertaining and enlightening everyone. Thanks for your work ladies (and gentleman).