Celebrating Reproductive Health, Rights, Justice and Freedom with our words!
Artists and Writers Read followed by a discussion on Reproductive Freedom:
Grisel Acosta, writer
Alinca Hamilton, actor
Yvette Heyliger, writer/actor
Carl Jaynes, actor
Stacey Linnartz, actor/co-editor
Cassandra Nwokah, actor
directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus
host Cindy Cooper, editor
Writers in this volume: Grisel Acosta, Judith Arcana, Marcy Arlin, Melissa Bell, Angela Bonavoglia, Stephen Cedars, Kitty Chen, Ellen Cohen, Cindy Cooper, Allie Costa, Marjorie Duffield, Jessica Feder-Birnbaum, Anne Flanagan, Nicole Goodwin, Yvette Heyliger, home│work Collective, Henry Howard, Michael angel Johnson, Mildred Lewis, Samantha Lierens, Jessica Litwak, Junita Middleton, Debbie Miller, Winter Miller, Alix Olson, Marge Piercy, Jeremy Rishe, Mercedes Sanchez, Laura A. Shamas, Laura Zlatos
Read a short description of each piece
Reserve in advance (You can also show up!)
Find the Facebook invite
Read more about the Reproductive Freedom Festival
SHARE! Download a flier: Book Launch Short Plays on Repro Freedom
Reproductive Freedom Walking Tours
With Social Justice Tours
We’ve joined with Social Justice Tours to offer a tour on reproductive freedom and history in New York City with our Reproductive Freedom Walking Tour through Lower Manhattan.
Sign up at Social Justice Tours!
Wed Sept 18, 2 pm
Sun Oct 5, 1 pm
Wed Oct 16, 2 pm
Sun Oct 27, 1 pm
10% of proceeds to New York Abortion Access Fund
Some comments we’ve gotten:
“I had such a great time and learned a lot both on the tour and talking with you afterwards.”
“I am really glad that I joined in this great tour to learn more about NYC and American histories on reproductive health and freedom. It is very knowledgeable, memorable and insightful. I am inspired by those brave women who fight for women’s rights. No matter how hard it is we should not give up.”
“Thank you very much for the wonderful tour.”
“What a great tour!! Thank you for this informative tour of Reproductive Freedom in Lower Manhattan. While this will always be an important tour, the timing of it is perfect, given what recently happened in Alabama. [Our tour guide] was lovely and so knowledgeable about the fight for reproductive health and justice. She does an awesome job in connecting the past and the present. Also, 10% of the payment for the tour goes to the New York Abortion Access Fund. This is a highly recommended tour!”
“Thank you for the powerful tour! Great meeting and learning, and inspiring the impressive group of people who assembled yesterday.”
Thanks again for a great afternoon and tour!
Thank you for the information and thank you for the inspiring and thoughtfully organized tour. Yes, let’s keep moving forward.
Read a blog about the Walking Tours.
pic by Leah Feiger
Now on Instagram! @ReproFreedomArts
REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM IS WHAT WE WANT …!
Sunday, April 28, 2019
The People’s Forum
320 W. 37th Street, NYC
Featuring Alinca Hamilton, Donna Jean Fogel, Carl H. Jaynes, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus
Performance followed by a discussion with Farah Diaz-Tello, a leading attorney on reproductive justice working with If, When, How, and Lanai Daniels with the New York Abortion Access Fund.
An inspiring collection of writings on reproductive freedom and justice, including works by June Jordan, Justice Harry Blackmun and Sally Blackmun, Judith Arcana, Angela Bonavoglia, Esosa Edosomwan, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Allie Costa, Michael David Quinn, Cindy Cooper, Living Newspaper Project, Mary Ann Sorrentino, Feminist Health Network, Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh and more. Created by Cindy Cooper.
See the full program on our blog.
Listen to WBAI’s Joy of Resistance.
100% of proceeds will be donated to New York Abortion Access Fund.
Reproductive Freedom is What We Want!
Featuring Alinca Hamilton, Donna Jean Fogel, Carl H. Jaynes
directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Unitarian Society of Ridgewood
Dr. Lynn Roberts, a co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Network, and editor of Radical Reproductive Justice
Sponsored by Reproductive Justice Committee, Unitarian Society of Ridgewood; New Jersey NOW, Northern New Jersey Chapter; and National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Chapter
Our New Anthology!
Short Plays on Reproductive Freedom
34 short plays and performance pieces about reproductive health, rights, freedom and justice.
Read More: Now Out SHORT PLAYS ON REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
WORDS OF CHOICE on DVD has been re-issued for Live Streaming or purchase through International Film Network (IFN)
See more here.
LIVING NEWSPAPER WOMEN’S* EDITION
Residency: Governor’s Island, NYC, September 2018
Intersectional topics related to health, justice, freedom in a devised theater project
Ego Actus Theatre (Joan Kane)
Laboratorium Residency with Rising Sun Performance Company
Eight actors, four writers, one director: creating new works in a week-long residency experimenting with the Living Newspaper and concentrating on women’s* issues (women and women-identified).
Participating artists: actors Debra Khan-Bey, Katie Mack, Mary Monahan, Patty Talley, Lia Tamborra and Joan Valentina; writers Brigitte Barnett, Jessica Carmona, Cindy Cooper and Cassandra Medley. Joan Kane director.
Workshops: Creative Theatre and Arts, New York City
For women and mothers reintegrating with the community post-prison
LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCES ON SOUNDCLOUD!
with Julissa Roman, Claudia Schneider, Crista Marie Westley (pictured)
directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus
with the International Women Artists Salon Radio and Heidi Russell
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-Parallel Lives by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, intro by Angela Bonavoglia (Claudia, Crista)
7-Siege by Susan Wicklund adapted by Cindy Cooper (Claudia)
8-Laws I Want by Words of Choice (all)
9-Why I March by Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh (all)
LIVE STREAMING REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM THEATER FESTIVAL
Read a wrap-up of the event.
An Evening Showcase of Short Films & Videos
International Women Artists’ Salon and Hell’s Kitchen Short Film Fest 2016
“Reproductive Justice Tour”
REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM ON FIRE!
A Special 40 minute Performance!
The LEFT FORUM, NYC
Featuring performers: Stacey Linnartz, Krystel Lucas
Claudia Schneider, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus,
created by Cindy Cooper
Read more about Reproductive Freedom on Fire
WBAI/Joy of Resistance Feminist Film Festival – Brooklyn
“Reproductive Justice Walking Tour” FILM plus Live Performance Excerpts with Stacey Linnartz!
The International Women Artists Salon at Dixon Place in NYC
Screening with the UK Festival of Choice
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE WALKING TOUR
JUNE 7, 2014
NEW YORK CITY
An interactive event
Putting reproductive justice on the map in our lives, our history and our communities.
-A guided walk with a dozen performances through lower Manhattan
-A Roundup and Fair with interactive events, more performances and refreshments
Follow up Blog: Putting Reproductive Justice on the Map
SEE photos on Tumblr, here.
Read more here.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR Words of Choice SHOWS:
LIVE STREAMING performances 2013 in the first-ever WiredArts Fest produced by VirtualArtsTV.
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.