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Friday, March 31, 2017, 7 pm EST
Reproductive Freedom is What We Want!

with Julissa Roman, Claudia Schneider, Crista Marie Westley
directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus

A Live Theater-on-Radio performance by Words of Choice with
International Women Artists Salon Radio on City World Radio network.


Here’s How

1- Go to City World Radio Network:

2- Click on the Blue MICmicrophone 50access the archives circle

3- Click on the folder above the arrow “Access the Archives”!
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4-Scroll to find the file: IWAS 3-31-17 C CWRN



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Including works by: June Jordan, Judith Arcana, Esosa Edosomwan, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Michael David Quinn, Angela Bonavoglia, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Susan Wicklund, Cindy Cooper, Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh.

Julissa RomanClaudia SchneiderCrista Marie Jackson Westley

Pictured: Julissa Roman, Claudia Schneider, Crista Marie Westley

Reproductive Freedom Is What We Want
Created by Cindy Cooper

1-Incantation by June Jordan  (all)
2- She said – before 1973 by Judith Arcana (all)
3-Nobody by Esosa Edosomwan (Crista)
4-Fine Line  (Julissa)
5-You’re On Your Own by Michael David Quinn  (all)
6-Kathy Najimy by Angela Bonavoglia (Claudia)
7-Parallel Lives by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney (Claudia, Crista)
8-Siege by Susan Wicklund adapted by Cindy Cooper (Claudia)
9-Laws I Want by Words of Choice  (all)
10-Why I March by Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh  (all)
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Intros by Cindy Cooper, Words of Choice, and Heidi Russell, International Women Artists Salon.

CAST BIOS for Reproductive Freedom Is What We Want!

Julissa Roman, originally from Perú, is a graduate of HB Studio, LAByrinth Theater Master Class and the New York Film Academy short term filmmaking program. She has most recently been seen as “Rosa” in the feature film Exposed, performing next to Keanu Reeves and Ana de Armas. She has previously worked with Catherine Filloux at La MaMa Theatre in the play Luz interpreting the character of Luz and directed by Jose Zayas. Other theater credits: A is for Abortion Play (NY Fringe); The Death of a Dream (directed Obie Award winner Frank Perez); Crossings (N.Y. Fringe and Europe Theater Encounters); Girl Who Died Often (Repertorio Español); Build Your Own (by Padraic Lillis). Film credits: Nueva York (Tribeca and NY Latino F.F.); 4 Latas (San Diego F.F. and Human Rights F.F. Argentina) and her latest leading role in the short film, Marie, which will be showing at the Women in Action Festival (Santa Monica) www.julissaroman.com

Claudia Schneider,  Select Moments: Broadway Workshop of Martin Charnin’s Winchell, The Irish Repertory’s production and national tours of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way, A Single Woman (Culture Project), Six Degrees of Separation, (Queens Theatre In The Park), New Works at Circle-In-The-Square, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Dwelling Place at Pen and Brush Society and The Actors’ Chapel, Words of Choice (National Tour, Livestream NYC).  Regional work includes: The Spitfire Grill, (James Valcq, Director), Cowgirls, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank.

Crista Marie Jackson Westley is an actor, aerialist, and model. She has toured and performed with Words of Choice for several years. http://cristamariejackson.wixsite.com/actor

Francesca Mantani Arkus is a stage director, dramaturg, deviser and collaborator. She has directed, collaborated and assisted on numerous productions and presentations both regionally and in New York City. Francesca has had the great opportunity to work with Cindy Cooper and Words of Choice since 2006.

Reproductive Freedom Festival Anthology now available at INDIE THEATER NOW! Read more.   Order now.


Read about our LIVE STREAMING REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM THEATER FESTIVAL ON MARCH 20, 2016 at http://ReproductiveFreedomFestival.org .

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The first-ever Live and Live Streaming REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM FESTIVAL was on March 20, 2016.  
(5:30 preview on Ireland)  Live Streaming everywhere from a live performance at The TACT Studio (The Actors Company Theater), New York, NY 10003

Review the event on Storify.

See pictures of the event at the site of partner VirtualArts TV.

Read a wrap-up of the event.

Contact: reproductivefreedomfestival@gmail.com


For updates, join our mailing list by emailing wordsofchoice@mindspring.com

Boot Art by Parid Cefa


An Evening Showcase of Short Films & Videos
Manhattan Plaza, Ellington Room, New York
International Women Artists’ Salon and Hell’s Kitchen Short Film FEst
“Reproductive Justice Tour”

A Special 40 minute Performance!
Featuring performers:
Stacey Linnartz
Krystel Lucas
Claudia Schneider

directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus
created by Cindy Cooper

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Photo below, from The Left Forum. See more photos: http://wordsofchoice.tumblr.com/


Read more about Reproductive Freedom on Fire and The Left Forum.

Reproductive Justice Film Showing
Hell’s Kitchen Arts Festival

A Workshop with FaithAloud

WBAI/Joy of Resistance Feminist Film Festival – Brooklyn
“Reproductive Justice Walking Tour” FILM plus Live Performance Excerpts with Stacey Linnartz!
Read more.

The International Women Artists Salon at Dixon Place in NYC

Screening with the UK Festival of Choice



Visit our Reproductive Justice Walking Tour site!
and see more on this page. See our video for a virtual walk! (Or to do your own!)

JUNE 7, 2014
An interactive event

RJWTbusinesscardAn exciting new project to literally put reproductive justice on the map in our lives, our history and our communities! Our starting place: New York City!

Reproductive Justice Walking Tour, June 7, Honors Pioneers

-A guided walk with a dozen performances through Tribeca and Greenwich Village
-A Roundup and Fair with interactive events, more performances and refreshments

-To put Reproductive Justice on the map in our communities, our lives
-To see the connections between social justice and reproductive rights and health
-To mobilize, engage, appreciate our history and current challenges

Visit our Reproductive Justice Walking Tour site!

Follow up Blog: Putting Reproductive Justice on the Map

SEE photos on Tumblr, here.

Like the Reproductive Justice Walking Tour on Facebook!

Join Us on Twitter @ReproJWalk and use this hashtag, too –#ReproJWalk!


Supported by The Puffin Foundation, the Abortion Conversation Project, the Anne Hale Johnson and Arthur Johnson Trust of the Community Foundation of Washington, and individual donors. Partner: Women’s eNews.
Read more here.

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Live Streaming!

LIVE STREAMING performances 2013 in the first-ever WiredArts Fest produced by VirtualArtsTV.

Wired Arts Fest

Groups and individuals around the country and the world participated in a LIVE streaming arts event and conversation on choice!

Read more here, here and here. (UPDATE, June 2013: The stream is ongoing at VirtualArtsTV, here.)

Local organizations coordinated house viewing parties. See the Viewing Party Packet here. And a Free Original Poster pdf or jpeg. Also available for downloading, A FREE APP; read more here.

Joining us for discussions: Amanda Marcotte, blogger at Pandagon, writer; Lori Adelman, a contributing editor at Feministing; Lynn Roberts, founding board member of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; and award-winning filmmaker Marion Lipschutz.

Live Streaming Performance Featured:
Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes and Claudia Schneider
Under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus;
Stage Manager: Kelly Vieau;  Artistic Consultant: Stacey Linnartz;  Art by Heather Ault, 4000 Years for Choice;  Outreach and Marketing Director: Emma Shakarshy
Marketing and Public Relations Consultant: Ashley Paskalis;  Assistant, Marketing: Tiffany Colasuonno;  Producer: Cindy Cooper

See the Theater Program here.

Read about the first-ever WiredArtsFest on ABC here and Wall Street Journal here.

Words of Choice, Wired Arts Fest and Women — Works by Women blog.

There is No Such Thing as Traditional Activism by Ashley Paskalis — fem2pt0 blog

WOMEN ARTS: Join the Words of Choice Live Streaming Events Mar 1 & 2

Cindy Cooper on her Play, “Words of Choice,” Reproductive Justice and Body image in Adios Barbie

Read about Words of Choice in BUST Magazine

Words of Choice: Daily News Listings

See more details, here.

WiredArts WOC combo graphic to 7 pm on 3/31, and we’ll be LIVE!