The languages of love and music are often helpful in understanding and conveying some of the most ethereal aspects of human compassion that are so difficult to articulate. When words fail, the spark of closeness and the vibrations of song speak volumes. I feel my interest in eclectic music – from ska to swing, hip hop to doo-wop, hard rock to rockabilly – contributed to the development of this piece. Our two modern characters meet and bond over their passion for music of a bygone era; our characters from the past use music as their means of escape from the dull repetition of domestic work.

This story is very personal to me. Some of my most cherished memories involve sitting in my grandmother's kitchen, listening to her stories about growing up in 1940s Hong Kong and meeting and falling in love with my grandfather in Shanghai. Of course the characters of this story exist in modern day New York and the nostalgic world of 1950s Americana but I believe this tradition of family storytelling played a large part in inspiring "Maybe Baby".

Stories of love are some of the most universal told. Betty's 1950s love story parallels Max and Dana's story and how they will confront it. The cross decade element is used to emphasize how certain relationship stories are timeless and can transcend generation gaps. The goal is for the relationship to travel through time, and ultimately, due to this, for the characters to do so as well.

We all make mistakes but let this not lend to hopelessness. I believe there are such things as second chances – perhaps not necessarily in the same lifetime but the universe has its own peculiar way of granting what is warranted and restoring balance. In this story, the silver pineapple pin is the token for this story of the past to reemerge in the present. Betty's story, and more importantly the intimate act of telling it to Max, is the true vehicle for this relationship of love and passion to continue. Deserved endings are not lost, just sometimes delayed for fifty years or so.

We aim to explore the idea that the closing of one chapter in the grand story of human love only begins the next. We celebrate every relationship: from the fleeting encounters to the ageless love affairs. Each has a critical impact and creates the imperfect, unpredictable, and beautiful intricacy that is human interaction.

-Steph Ching
   
© Steph Ching 2010