Pablo and Bill Make A Baby

Pablo and Bill Make A Baby is the lady love story of Pablo Neruda and William Shakespare told from the perspective of their child, a sarcastic, intelligent powerhouse with a god-complex. Spanning over decades, across time, and through universes Pablo and Bill’s love always seems to prevail through the toughest of times, until the birth of their Baby. The soul that’s been split in two over and over so they could keep fucking unfazed is now planning on living life to the fullest, and might be taking their parents down in the process.

A bi-lingual story of love, lust, greatness, and culture that transcends science, time, and the canon, this play will make you wonder: would I be worse off if my parents were artists?

CONTENT AND SENSORY ADVISORIES: blood and gore, gun violence, homophobia, blasphemy, sex, strong language

RUN TIME: 120 Minute Triple-Bill, two 10 minute intermissions (paired with Name, Date, Season and The Walls Enclosing)


There will be a post-show talkback

Pablo and Bill Make A Baby

  • Playwright: Mercedes Isaza Clunie
  • Lighting Designer: Sooji Kim

Thank you to my mamas Andréa and Laila, and my dad Barnaby for encouraging me to be as weird as possible. Gracias Augusto, for reading my play with love and care, and correcting all my Spanish 🙂 Thank you to my creative collaborator Zoe Marin who always supports my work, and helped translate a portion of this play. And MAJOR thank yous to Merlin and my peers Ameer & Mina for this entire experience.


Native Earth Performing Art’s Aki Studio

250-585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


Native Earth Performing Arts and Artscape strive to provide equal treatment to and equitable benefits of its services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

  • The Dundas Street entrance provides barrier-free access to the building
  • Two elevators are located in the South Lobby
  • All floors have accessible washrooms and stalls, as well as accessible drinking fountains
  • Signage throughout the building is written in Braille
  • A hearing enhancement system is available in Aki Studio and the Ada Slaight Hall


Mercedes Isaza Clunie

Mercedes (She/Her) is a queer, Chilean-Canadian playwright, actor, and poet from Toronto. Her work explores topics such as girlhood, culture, sexuality, and language through diverse formats that both disrupt traditional conventions and celebrate the essence of theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from York University and is the recent recipient of the Wildfire Playwriting runner-up prize for her play ‘Gringas’, which will be presented at this year’s Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals. Mercedes is passionate about creating work that celebrates her communities and makes strides towards a better and more art-filled Canada. She’s PUMPED to be a part of Paprika’s Playwriting Unit and has plans for world domination. Her friends refer to her as ‘Meche’ – colloquially.