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Short Plays on Reproductive Freedom. Download to your device or order a paperback … Literary Manager: “Pure gold”

 


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!

 

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ABORTION WRITES! Sun Nov 13, 2 pm

Write Your Own Story! Storytellers Unite!
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, NYC

A Benefit for Planned Parenthood NYC! Writers gather and create new works based on a prompt, followed by readings, including with guest artists Claudia Schneider (top), Alinca Hamilton, and the writers themselves! Special guest, Honor Moore.

Join us for an afternoon of creative activism. People will write their own words based on a prompt and share the work.

Lift your pen and raise your voice!

Sponsored by NYWriters Coalition, Housing Works Bookstore, and alinca picReproFreedomArts.org. 

Read more about the genesis of Abortion Writes on our blog!

 

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Plays that Explore the Path Breaking Journeys of Women Doctors and their Patients

Collecting donations for Medical Students for Choice

featuring CLAUDIA SCHNEIDER and ALINCA HAMILTON

Claudia Schneider, Alinca Hamilton

The Prize — about Dr. Patricia Bath, the African-American ophthalmologist who invented laser surgery and created new treatment paradigms for marginalized patients — by Cindy Cooper

The Siege — about a reproductive health doctor who shows up for her patients despite anti-abortion harassers — by and about Dr. Susan Wicklund (‘This Common Secret‘)

Plus We Have Always Done This, a poem by Judith Arcana

directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus

followed by a short discussion on Girls in STEM by executive consultant and coach Anita Kishore and on Narrative Medicine by writer and teacher Catherine Rogers

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Reproductive Freedom Walking Tour in Lower Manhattan

With Social Justice Tours!

The Supreme Court has thrown our right to abortion into disarray. We’re going to keep fighting!

Watch for future dates. We look at the past, present and future of reproductive freedom — with the latest on national developments.

We begin in lower Manhattan near City Hall, and walk through Tribeca, Soho and Greenwich Village. Email ReproFreedomArts@gmail.com

We’ve fought back before! We can fight back again. New York will be called upon to stand tall, and we’ll do that and more: we’ll fight for every person across the U.S.

Read more.

Listen to this story about the Reproductive Freedom Walking Tour on WNYC/NPR.

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Now: On Theatre, Activism and Repro Freedom, a podcast by Theatre Revolution, Writer’s Block

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She warned us!

Righteous Words from Justice Sotomayor, now on Soundcloud or on YouTube.

After the state of Texas passed an extreme anti-abortion law known as SB8, 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. Here’s what she had to say! Recorded in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson. On SoundCloud or on YouTube.

Read our blog, Listen to the Righteous Words of Justice Sonia Sotomayor on SB8

Performed by Abigail Ramsay, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus, audio engineering and sound design by Janet Bentley.

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POETRY READING ON ZOOM

October 25, 2022! Poetry Babes and ReproFreedomArts: A Reading to Benefit Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey.

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Featuring Marina Carreira, Lynne McEniry, Kathy Kremins, Claudia Cortese, Grisel Y. Acosta, PaulA Neves, Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, and Tamara Zbrizher

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StatueFest Put A Woman on A Pedestal! A celebration of women who deserve a statue, in collaboration with New Shokan Kitchen Island Project. June 4 and 5, 2022, outdoors, in Figment at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. Read more.

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.

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Please see our Events at a Glance as well as a list of Past Performances to see where we’ve been and where we’re going!

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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.  ReGen Interview Pairs no logo

Selections:

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 the YouTube playlist, or get links to individual Zoom selections on YouTube

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.

Read on Broadway World; Read on Up the Creativity Blog

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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.

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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

Watch selections on our YouTube playlist! Get links to individual selections on YouTube.

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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.

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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.

 

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