Area Stage on the Mead Heart for American Theater has introduced that Molly Smith’s remaining directorial enterprise earlier than she steps down as Inventive Director—My Physique No Selection—goes nationwide.
Twenty theaters and universities from throughout america, from Michigan to Montana, and from Hawaiʻi to New York, will stage their very own readings of the eight, female-authored monologues round bodily autonomy and selection commissioned by the storied Washington, DC, theater. A number of native theater luminaries comprising the solid and artistic group for the Area Stage manufacturing have additionally been introduced.
My Physique No Selection is Smith’s response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in July 2022. “I knew I needed to make a theater piece in response to this horrifying determination,” mentioned Smith. “It’s my remaining manufacturing as Area’s Inventive Director, and setting it in a consciousness-raising area like girls had in residing rooms within the ’70s felt like absolutely the proper motion to take. All of us want to lift our consciousness collectively.
“I hope that by experiencing the artists bringing these highly effective monologues round option to full fruition, the viewers will probably be empowered to speak about their very own troublesome selections. These embody the selection to have (or not have) an abortion, the precise to decide on one’s physique measurement, and the precise to decide round when to finish one’s life. Far too usually, these are the tales girls are afraid and ashamed to share, and with the Supreme Courtroom’s latest determination, it’s time for ladies to lose that concern.
“As we labored on the manufacturing, I stored questioning what extra we may do to assist girls inform their tales,” continued Smith. “So with the assist of the writers, we began reaching out to theaters and universities throughout America, asking in the event that they’d wish to host their very own readings of the play between October 21 and November 6. I used to be thrilled when the writers generously agreed to forgo their royalties throughout this time in order that the manufacturing is as accessible as potential.”
A listing of present members within the nationwide readings of My Physique No Selection is under, as is the total solid and artistic group for the Area Stage manufacturing.
As an necessary a part of this manufacturing, Area Stage additionally invitations all girls, trans, and nonbinary people from all around the United States to share their tales about selections and their our bodies, in movies of as much as 2 minutes in size. As much as 18 movies will probably be showcased on Area Stage’s digital media properties, extending the expertise of My Physique No Selection lengthy after the lights have come down and the run has ended. Be taught extra and submit your story at arenastage.org/mybody.
The brief tales are each fiction and nonfiction written by Lee Cataluna (Dwelling of the Courageous, Coronary heart Strings), Fatima Dyfan (Woolly Mammoth Theatre New Work Fellow, Georgetown College’s for coloured women…), Lisa Loomer (Roe, Residing Out), Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman, Stoop Tales), Sarah Ruhl (Ardour Play; In the Subsequent Room, or the vibrator play), Mary Corridor Floor (Perseus Bayou, The 51st State), V (previously Eve Ensler) (The Vagina Monologues, Within the Physique of the World), and “Nameless.”
Returning to Area Stage are solid members Shanara Gabrielle (Ken Ludwig’s Expensive Jack, Expensive Louise; Junk), Pleasure Jones (August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Jubilee), and Jennifer Mendenhall (Legacy of Mild, Pygmalion).
Becoming a member of the solid of their Area Stage debuts are Tony Award nominee Felicia P. Fields (Broadway’s The Coloration Purple), Tori Gomez (NextStop Theatre Firm’s Little Ladies), Toni Rae Salmi (Hub Theatre’s American Spies and Different Homegrown Fables), Deidre Staples (Studio Theatre’s John Proctor Is the Villain), and Dani Stoller (Olney Theatre’s The Pleasure That Carries You).
The inventive group for My Physique No Selection additionally contains Lighting Designer Catherine Girardi, Sound Designer Megumi Katayama, Casting Director Joseph Pinzon, Rehearsal Stage Supervisor Karen Currie, and Stage Supervisor Rachael Danielle Albert.
My Physique No Selection will run within the Kogod Cradle at Area Stage, 1101 Sixth Avenue SW, Washington, DC, from October 20 by November 6, 2022 (the run-up to the mid-term elections). All tickets are priced at $18, and seating is common admission. Tickets could also be bought on-line, by telephone at 202-488-3300 (Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00-8:00 p.m.), or in particular person on the Gross sales Workplace at 1101 Sixth Avenue, SW, Washington, DC (solely on efficiency days, and solely beginning 90 minutes prior till curtain).
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 p.m. (no efficiency on October 25)
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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FOR PLAYWRIGHT BIOS, SEE:
‘My Physique No Selection’ to be Molly Smith’s final present as creative director at Area (information story, September 8, 2022)
CAST BIOGRAPHIES (in alphabetical order)
Felicia P. Fields (Dael Orlandersmith’s Monologue) is an acclaimed actress, singer, performer, and creator whose profession spans a plethora of credit from theaters across the globe, together with the Goodman Theatre’s Crowns, Blues within the Night time, Intimate Attire, The Rose Tattoo, The Amen Nook, Ma Rainey’s Black Backside, in addition to A Christmas Carol at the primary African American feminine to play The Ghost of Christmas Current. She has carried out in Hairspray and the primary cycle of the tour of Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Different credit embody Nunsense, Sundown Boulevard, Swinging on a Star, Some Like It Scorching, Richard II, It Ain’t Nothing However the Blues, Low Down Soiled Blues, A Civil Struggle Christmas, Scorching Mikado, Present Boat, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, Little Store of Horrors, Seven Guitars and Hiya, Dolly!. Ms. Fields earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Sofia in The Coloration Purple on Broadway and the primary nationwide tour. Her efficiency additionally earned her a 2006 Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, two Broadway.com awards, an NAACP nomination, and a Denver Put up Ovation Award. She has acquired a Black Theatre Alliance Award and nominations, many Jeff Award nominations, and the Jeff Award for Finest Actress in a Musical for her efficiency in Subtle Women.
Shanara Gabrielle (Mary Corridor Floor’s Monologue) is completely satisfied to be again engaged on this undertaking that falls on the coronary heart of her ardour for artwork and activism. At Area Stage, she has served as Inventive Affiliate, Affiliate Director on Enlightenment and Expensive Jack, Expensive Louise, and has appeared on stage in Junk, and quite a few workshops. In DC, Shanara’s labored as an actor and director at Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Firm, Olney Theatre, Creativeness Stage, Solas Nua, Taffety Punk, and extra, in addition to produced Working In DC with AFL-CIO on BLM Plaza. Throughout the nation, Shanara appeared at Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, and plenty of extra. Webster Conservatory B.F.A., proud recipient of Princess Grace Basis Award, and union member of AEA, SDC, SAG-AFTRA. Instagram: @shanaragabrielle www.shanaragabrielle.com
Tori Gomez (Lisa Loomer’s Monologue) is worked up to be making her Area Stage debut in My Physique No Selection! She is a junior musical theatre main at The Catholic College of America. Most up-to-date credit embody Amy in Little Ladies (NextStop Theatre Firm), Eve in Youngsters of Eden (Catholic College), and Laertes in Hamlet (Catholic College). Tori want to thank her pals, household, and academics for all of the love and assist they’ve proven her in her life and profession. She is honored to be part of such an necessary undertaking, and hopes you benefit from the present! Instagram: @tori.gom
Pleasure Jones (“Nameless” Monologue) has beforehand been seen in Area Stage’s Seven Guitars, Jubilee, A Raisin within the Solar, and Mary T & Lizzy Okay. Different DC-area credit embody The Upstairs Division (Signature Theatre) and The Arduous Drawback, Cloud 9, Belleville, and Invisible Man (Studio Theatre). Off-Broadway, she appeared in workshops at The Public and Playwrights Horizons. Her chosen regional credit embody Disgraced (Virginia Stage), Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre), Ruined and Tantalus (Denver Heart), The Champion (TheatreSquared), and Pericles (PlayMakers Repertory). Her latest TV appearances are We Personal This Metropolis, Blue Bloods, and Monsterland. Pleasure has an Appearing MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Helen Hayes Award for Excellent Ensemble for Invisible Man (Studio Theatre). Her movie Dream Flight is in pre-production. Instagram: @joyjonesig thejoyjones.com
Jennifer Mendenhall (Sarah Ruhl’s Monologue) is a long-time DC theater artist and a Woolly Mammoth firm member since 1987. She has appeared at Spherical Home Theatre, Mosaic Theater, Scena Theatre, Discussion board Theatre, Theater J, Studio Theatre, Theater Alliance, Kennedy Heart, Shakespeare Theatre, Area Stage, Humana Competition, Florida Stage, amongst others. #poolparty, her play in regards to the historical past of discrimination in swimming swimming pools, and a household denied membership at a group pool, was produced by Ally Theatre in 2018. As audio ebook narrator Kate Studying, she has recorded tons of of books of all genres. Her awards embody Helen Hayes, Theatre Foyer, Audie, Earphone, Publishers Weekly, American Library Affiliation. www.katereadingaudiobooks.com
Toni Rae Salmi (Lee Cataluna’s Monologue) is making her Area Stage debut. DC credit embody American Spies and Different Homegrown Fables (Hub Theatre), Excellent Association (Supply Theatre Competition), The Spitfire Grill (Theater Alliance), The Tempest (Taffety Punk Theatre Firm), and Junie B. Jones and A Little Monkey Enterprise (Creativeness Stage, Helen Hayes Award nomination). Directing credit embody David Henry Hwang’s Bondage and Use All Obtainable Doorways by Tristan Willis (Pinky Swear Productions), and Measure for Measure (Cincinnati Shakespeare Firm). Toni Rae has additionally labored with The Kennedy Heart, Baltimore Heart Stage, and Avant Bard Theatre. For Marci who selected to provide me life, and Nora who selected to provide me love.
Deidre Staples (Fatima Dyfan’s Monologue) is worked up to make her Area Stage debut. She final appeared as Nell Shaw in John Proctor is the Villain at Studio Theatre. Chosen performing credit embody: Daphne’s Dive at Signature Theatre (understudy); The Pores and skin of Our Tooth at Everyman Theatre; Twelfth Night time, The Crucible, and Across the World in 80 Days with the Nationwide Gamers, Tour 70; and The Wolves at Studio Theatre (understudy). She wrote and carried out White-ish on the Atlas Intersections Competition, Nu Sass Productions, and the Aurora Theatre in Atlanta, GA. BFA, Howard College. deidrestaples.com
Dani Stoller (V’s Monologue) is a Brooklyn-born playwright and actor. My Physique No Selection is her Area Stage debut. Her earlier DC performing credit embody reveals on the Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Heart, Keegan Theatre, Signature Theatre, 1st Stage, and The Kennedy Heart. Her play Simple Ladies Smoking Unfastened Cigarettes acquired its world premiere at Signature Theatre in 2019 and The Pleasure That Carries You, which Dani co-wrote with Awa Sal Secka, had its world premiere on the Olney Theatre Heart in 2022. Her play Girlhood will probably be premiering this fall at Spherical Home Theatre as a part of its TPC Fee. Her play Simply Nice (an adaptation of The Nice Gatsby) was just lately revealed and is obtainable by Playscripts.
Molly Smith (Conceiver and Director) has served as Area Stage’s Inventive Director since 1998. Her 40 directing credit at Area Stage embody large-scale musicals, like Catch Me If You Can, Something Goes, Disney’s Newsies, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, My Truthful Woman, The Music Man, Cabaret, South Pacific; new performs, like Celia and Fidel, Sovereignty, The Originalist, Camp David, Legacy of Mild, The Ladies of Brewster Place, How I Realized to Drive; and classics like Mom Braveness and Her Youngsters, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Nice White Hope, and All My Sons. Her directorial work has additionally been seen Off-Broadway at 59E59 in New York, Portland Heart Stage, Canada’s Shaw Competition, The Courtroom Theatre, The Outdated Globe, Asolo Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Trinity Repertory, Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, Montreal’s Centaur Theatre and Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska, which she based and ran from 1979-1998. Molly has been a pacesetter in new play improvement for over 40 years. She is a good believer in first, second and third productions of recent work and has championed tasks, together with Expensive Evan Hansen; Subsequent to Regular; Ardour Play, a cycle; and How I Realized to Drive. She led the re-invention of Area Stage, specializing in the structure and creation of the Mead Heart for American Theater and positioning Area Stage as a nationwide heart for American artists by its creative programming. Throughout her time with the corporate, Area Stage has workshopped greater than 100 productions, produced 39 world premieres, staged quite a few second and third productions, and been an necessary a part of nurturing 9 tasks that went on to have a life on Broadway. In 2014, Molly made her Broadway debut directing The Velocity of Autumn, following its critically acclaimed run at Area Stage. She was awarded honorary doctorates from American College and Towson College. In 2018, she was honored as Individual of the Yr by the Nationwide Theatre Convention and inducted into the Washington DC Corridor of Fame. In 2020, she was awarded the Director of Distinction in Cairo, Egypt, from the Academy of Arts. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, she developed the idea for 2 on-line movies, Might 22, 2020 and The 51st State, overseeing the manufacturing path in addition to directing items throughout the movies. She additionally spearheaded quite a lot of different new on-line content material, together with a weekly speak present Molly’s Salon, in the course of the reside efficiency hiatus.
Catherine Girardi (Lighting Designer) is an area DC designer, a proud former Lighting Fellow at Area Stage, and has beforehand designed Our Struggle, in addition to helping on many productions. Space credit embody: Assassins and Eurydice (NextStop Theatre Firm), Seussical (Creativeness Stage), The Burn and Failure: A Love Story (The Hub Theatre), Smoky Mirrors and A Circus Carol (Candy Spot Aerial Productions). Regional credit embody The North Pool and The Full Historical past of Comedy abridged (Cincinnati Playhouse within the Park), A Christmas Carol, Tommy, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (The Clarence Brown Theatre), Of Gravity and Mild (Ballet Des Moines), Rex Wheeler’s Symphonic Dances and Tom Mattingly’s Determine within the Distance and Jahreszeiten (Richmond Ballet). Catherine holds an MFA from The College of Tennessee-Knoxville. Member of USA 829.
Megumi Katayama (Sound Designer) is making her Area Stage debut! Her New York credit embody Nosebleed (LCT 3), For Coloured Ladies Who Have Thought-about Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf (The Public), The Life (Metropolis Heart Encores!), Our Brother’s Son (Signature), Technology Rise (Ping Chong and Firm/New Victory). Regional credit embody 72 Miles to Go… (Alley Theatre), Sister Act (Geva Theatre Heart), Dinner and Cake, The Pores and skin of Our Tooth, An Nearly Holy Image (Everyman Theatre), Delight and Prejudice (Lengthy Wharf), El Huracán (Yale Rep/The Sol Mission), Cross Over (Studio Theatre), Rooted (Cincinnati Playhouse within the Park), Mary’s Wedding ceremony (Kansas Metropolis Rep), Chautauqua Theater Firm, Skylight Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Firm, Dorset Theatre Competition, and extra. MFA Yale College of Drama. Member of IATSE USA 829.
Joseph Pinzon (Casting Director) is the founder and artistic producer of the up to date circus firm Quick Spherical Productions and its award-winning present Filament. With over 25 years of performing expertise, he has labored internationally with famend corporations reminiscent of Cirque Éloize, Compagnia Finzi Pasca, Cirque du Soleil, and The 7 Fingers. He holds an MS in Arts Management from USC, a BA in Psychology from UCLA, and graduated from the Nationwide Circus College in Montreal with a specialization in aerial methods. He was the casting and resident director for Chamäleon Productions (Berlin) and Constellation Immersive (CAA’s experiential affiliate). He’s additionally a member of the Inventive & Unbiased Producer Alliance and a founding board member of the American Circus Alliance. You may see him inflicting chaos on season 6 of Nailed It! on Netflix, the place (spoiler alert) he is part of the collection’ first three-way tie.
Karen Currie (Rehearsal Stage Supervisor) is thrilled to be making her Area Stage debut. Different space credit embody The Pleasure That Carries You, A.D. 16, Mary Stuart, As soon as, and Within the Heights at Olney Theatre Heart; Digging Up Dessa, OLIVERio, Mockingbird, and Orphie and the Guide of Heroes at The Kennedy Heart; Simple Ladies Smoking Unfastened Cigarettes, Heisenberg, Jesus Christ Famous person, The Repair, Cabaret, Saturday Night time, Sycamore Bushes, and The Completely satisfied Time at Signature Theatre; As You Like It at Folger Theatre; and over 20 at Theater J together with Trayf, The Christians, One other Manner Dwelling, G-d’s Trustworthy Reality, Yentl, Freud’s Final Session, After the Revolution, The Whipping Man, and The Faith Factor. Her NYC credit embody The Final Session with Spellbound Theatreworks. Karen holds an M.A. from American College.
Rachael Danielle Albert (Stage Supervisor) is worked up to be stage managing Molly Smith’s remaining endeavor as Inventive Director at Area Stage. Favourite credit embody: American Prophet, Change Agent, Ken Ludwig’s Expensive Jack, Expensive Louise, Junk, Native Gardens, amongst others. Chosen regional credit embody: Hello, Are You Single, Fairview, Describe the Night time, and Botticelli within the Fireplace (Woolly Mammoth); The Wolves (Studio Theatre); Seize the King, Up Right here, and Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse); The Odd Couple, Sylvia, and Memento (New London Barn Playhouse); and The Final Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage 773). Throughout quarantine, Rachael entered the courageous new world of digital theatre, because the livestream stage supervisor for Amir Nizar Zuabi’s new play This Is Who I Am, produced by Woolly Mammoth and PlayCo, in partnership with The Guthrie, A.R.T., and OSF. Showcaller: ArchiteX. Founding member: Oakland Theater Mission. MFA: College of California, San Diego. BFA: College of Michigan. Proud AEA member.
For full firm biographies, please go to arenastage.org/mybody.
UNIVERSITIES/THEATERS PARTICIPATING IN MY BODY NO CHOICE NATIONWIDE READINGS
Bowling Inexperienced State College (Bowling Inexperienced, OH)
Central Michigan College (Mount Nice, MI)
Coastal Carolina College (Conway, SC)
The Departments of Theatre, Music, and Ladies’s and Gender Research at Coastal Carolina College in Conway, South Carolina, have chosen to collaborate on the manufacturing of My Physique No Selection with a view to share this new work in our group and carry up the voices of ladies in all places.
Frostburg State College (Frostburg, MD)
Montana State College (Livingston, MT)
Emily Rasmuss and Tessa Welsch will current My Physique No Selection in Bozeman, Montana at Montana State College (MSU) as a result of the tales inform the reality about what girls expertise, and the reality is our greatest protection in opposition to misinformed, religious-based assaults on our rights, our households, and our our bodies.
SUNY Geneseo (Geneseo, NY)
College of Hawai‘i at Manoa (Manoa, HI): Saturday, October 22, at 3 p.m.
The Division of Theatre and Dance of the College of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, in cooperation with the Division of Ladies, Gender, and Sexuality Research, will current a free studying of My Physique No Selection with a solid of all present theatre college students and alumnae. The co-directors of the piece, Drs. Sammie Choy and Lurana Donnels O’Malley, had been invited to take part by playwright Lee Cataluna. The occasion will probably be held within the Artwork Auditorium of the UHM Campus. UHM, on the mokupuni (island) of O‘ahu, is an indigenous area the place the descendants of the unique individuals are as we speak recognized as Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). The up to date quest for indigenous sovereignty is paralleled by girls’s struggles in opposition to the oppression of their physique autonomy. Indigenous voices and girls’s voices have to be heard proper now.
Ballyhoo Theatre (Edmonds, WA): Tuesday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m.
We’re Ballyhoo Theatre, in partnership with The Black Field at Edmonds Faculty, in Edmonds, Washington. We’re honored to inform these My Physique My Selection tales that give us highly effective perception into physique autonomy, reproductive justice, the precise to decide on, and outline and design ourselves in ways in which empower us.
The Bridge Initiative and Ronin Theatre Firm (Phoenix, AZ)
Eight theatre corporations within the Phoenix, Arizona area, led by The Bridge Initiative and Ronin Theatre Firm, are every taking one monologue for the occasion. It’s crucial to speak about this problem—as of Sept twenty third abortion is unlawful on this state—and being a women-led theatre firm, it couldn’t” be extra mission central for The Bridge Initiative to host this empathy gymnasium.
Cactus Girl Productions (Nevada Metropolis, CA)
Cactus Girl and Paul Emery Dwell is completely satisfied to supply My Physique No Selection in Nevada Metropolis CA at The historic Nevada Theater, the oldest constantly working theater in California. We selected to do that work as a result of many younger lives hanging by a thread rely on the result of this election.
Clocktower Gamers (Irvington, NY)
Fountain Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Gateway Regional Arts Heart (Mt. Sterling, KY)
Kentucky is without doubt one of the states on the heart of the battle for ladies’s bodily autonomy. As a result of we’re a “pink” state, we imagine the unheard voices of Appalachian girls are as necessary as ever—the area is traditionally marginalized when it comes to well being entry – and up to date selections make that entry much more scarce—so it’s time these tales are heard. There’s extra variety of thought than one would possibly think about at first look, and that is the right alternative to have conversations as a group on probably divisive points. An outright statewide constitutional ban on abortion is on the poll this November in Kentucky, so these conversations aren’t simply helpful… they’re important. We will probably be internet hosting this occasion as part of the Inventive & Brave Neighborhood Conversations Sequence. This affords viewers members the prospect to converse on topical questions after the efficiency.
Open Theater Mission (Boston, MA)
The New Mexico Actors Lab (Santa Fe, NM): Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m.
The New Mexico Actors Lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will probably be providing My Physique No Selection as a free studying occasion. Our theater is dedicated to producing materials with an emphasis on social justice and may consider no problem of better concern that the stripping away of a girl’s proper to decide on and the opposite private rights that could be threatened by an activist right-wing Supreme Courtroom.
Radial Theater Mission (Seattle, WA): Monday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Radial Theater Mission is a nomadic theater firm in Seattle, WA. We’re presenting this studying of My Physique No Selection to provide voice to each the playwrights who’ve written the work and to the numerous actors and administrators in our group who’re impacted by the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Stewart Mann Girl Productions (Atlanta, GA) Saturday, October 22, at 3 p.m.
We’re display & stage actors/activists in Atlanta, as numerous because the writers & womyn on this piece, producing this premiere within the coronary heart of our metropolis, as a grassroots group occasion with the Crimson Mild Cafe to assist the We’re display & stage actors/activists in Atlanta, as numerous because the writers & womyn on this piece, producing this premiere within the coronary heart of our metropolis, as a grassroots group occasion with the Crimson Mild Cafe to assist the Atlanta’s Feminist Ladies’s Well being Heart, to create a name to motion with the significance of this election, to cease the assault on girls’s well being & freedom, & to reclaim reproductive justice!
Upstairs at Midnight Theatre Mission (Lexington, KY)
UP Theater Firm (New York, NY): Saturday, November 5, at 7 p.m.
We’re UP Theater Firm, and we’ve got been growing new work and serving Higher Manhattan for over a decade. We’re honored to take part on this initiative as a result of we imagine that theater ought to confront the problems of the instances, and there’s no better problem of our time than bodily autonomy. We additionally imagine within the communal energy of theater, each in a way that we create communities and in addition that we’re a part of one. We’re humbled to be sharing this expertise with fellow theaters throughout the nation.
My Physique No Selection
Monologues by Lee Cataluna, Fatima Dyfan, Lisa Loomer, Dael Orlandersmith, Sarah Ruhl, Mary Corridor Floor, V (previously Eve Ensler), and “Nameless”
Conceived and Directed by Molly Smith
Within the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle I October 20 – November 6, 2022
In June 2022, reproductive rights took an enormous leap backwards when the U.S. Supreme Courtroom overturned Roe v. Wade. In america, we will drive after we flip 16, and vote after we flip 18. However we now not have the bodily autonomy to make the alternatives that may affect us probably the most. In a nod to the symbolism of the quantity 18, tickets are priced at simply $18, and there will probably be solely 18 performances; a reminder to vote once you flip 18.
In My Physique No Selection, Molly Smith’s remaining directorial enterprise for Area Stage, eight of America’s most enjoyable feminine playwrights share what alternative means to them, by the telling of fiction and nonfiction tales rooted in private expertise; theirs or a good friend’s. As a result of this can be a time when girls want to inform their tales.
Area Stage on the Mead Heart for American Theater, underneath the management of Inventive Director Molly Smith and Govt Producer Edgar Dobie, is a nationwide heart devoted to American voices and artists. Area Stage produces performs of all that’s passionate, profound, deep and harmful within the American spirit, and presents numerous and ground-breaking work from a number of the finest artists across the nation. Area Stage is dedicated to commissioning and growing new performs and impacting the lives of over 10,000 college students yearly by its work in group engagement. Now in its eighth decade, Area Stage serves a various annual viewers of greater than 300,000. arenastage.org
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