After the state of Texas passed an extreme anti-abortion law known as SB8, an urgent appeal to protect patients was presented to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court looked the other way and permitted SB8 to go into effect.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not agree.
Read more on our blog, Listen to the Righteous Words of Justice Sonia Sotomayor on SB8
Performed by Abigail Ramsay, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus, adapted by Cindy Cooper, audio engineering and sound design by Janet Bentley.
Reproductive Freedom Walking Tour in Lower Manhattan
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We’re Ready to Go! Join Us on Saturday, May 28, 2022, 1 pm for our first walk of the Season. Book with Social Justice Tours.
Walk and talk about Reproductive Freedom: Where are we going? Where have we been? See some of the places and stories that share our history … and our future!
The First Reproductive Freedom Walking Tour in the U.S. — listen to this story on WNYC/NPR.
Order Short Plays on Reproductive Freedom. Download to your device or order a paperback
Live Stream our DVD: Words of Choice on film In addition to performances, see classic video clips from marches and events in reproductive freedom history!
StatueFest … Put A Woman on A Pedestal! A celebration of women who deserve a statue, in collaboration with New Shokan Kitchen Island Project. Coming up in 2022: June 4 and 5, 2022, outdoors, in Figment at Snug Harbor Park on Staten Island. Prior: Live on Stage, Sept 30 and Oct 1 2021 in Manhattan; Zoom performances, March, April, May, June 2021. 25 writers, 26 performers … all with monologues about a wide diversity of women who deserve statues. Read more about the history of the project our blog.
ReGeneration: Our Reproductive Freedom Then & Now
“Gen Z” and “Gen Roe” come together to create a groundbreaking virtual performance piece about our Reproductive Freedom over time. August 26. 2020.
Watch on YouTube
Six GenZers, 16-23 years old, interview six people who marched and wrote and advocated for reproductive freedom and social justice in the decades past, and create monologues. A fresh take that shares our dreams and hopes for reproductive freedom, justice and human rights.
We have always done this by Judith Arcana, performed by Jaye Austin Williams
Thoughts from Charlotte by Elliot Stewart, performed by Elliot Stewart
Under Construction by Aleina Dume, performed by Julissa Roman
Further by Isabella Gallegos, performed by Isabella Gallegos
The Heart of Abortion and Other Love Stories by Charlotte Taft and Shelley Oram, performed by Charlotte Taft
A Come to Jesus Moment by Emory Kemph, performed by Emory Kemph
3 Notes to Hold Each Other by Ava Elizabeth Novak, performed by Ava Elizabeth Novak
You Can Sit Anywhere by Cassandra Medley, performed by Dawn Elizabeth
a love song by Manju Bangalore, performed by Manju Bangalore
See Who’s Who Cast, Interview Partners, Artistic team at this link.
Post Show discussion with: Aleina Dume (Gen Z), Tracia Banuelos (Board, Abortion Conversation Projects), Shireen Rose Shakouri (Campaign Manager, ReproAction)
Alinca Hamilton, Workshop Leader, Director; Stacey Linnartz, Workshop Leader, Coach;
Produced by Cindy Cooper; Declan Zhang, Zoom Producer, Sound Consultant; Emory Kemph, PR, Graphics and Social Media.
We were proud to cosponsor of Say Their Names, an evening of Plays and Monologues by BIPOC Honor Roll! Playwrights, about Black, Indigenous and Women of Color, including Latinx women, who died at the hands of law enforcement. Watch an archive on our FACEBOOK page.
READINGS, RESILIENCE, AND REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM!
A Virtual Event. Artists and Advocates Respond in a Time of Crisis
A Virtual Event via ZOOM with the National Institute for Reproductive Health — actors, writers and activists.
The Progressive: Staging a Defense of Reproductive Rights
Actors and presenters: Dr. Grisel Acosta, Cait Cortelyou, Kimiye Corwin, Alinca Hamilton, Yvette Heyliger, Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes, Stacey Linnartz, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus. Co-produced by Cindy Cooper.
Writers: Jacqueline E. Lawton, Dr. Grisel Acosta, Melissa Bell, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, June Jordan, Dr. Susan Wicklund, Marge Piercy, Esosa Edosomwan, Mary Ann Sorrentino, Jessica Feder-Birnbaum, Florynce Rae Kennedy and Alix Olson.