Past Appearances


Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, November 2013
Monologues from Words of Choice
Starring Reanna Roane, directed by Cameron Prevatte

Raleigh show

More: this blog post.

MARCH 1 & 2, 2013
New York City and Across the Internet via Live Streaming
with the first WiredArtsFest (produced by Virtual Arts TV).
LIVE at the Secret Theater in Queens.
LIVE STREAMING on UStream with interaction on Twitter (#woclive #wiredartsfest), IM, Facebook.
Performed by Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes, Claudia Schneider, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus; Artistic Consultant, Stacey Linnartz; Stage Manager, Kelly Vieau. Art: Heather Ault.
Special guests discusscants: blogger Amanda Marcotte, Lori Adelman of Feministing; Lynn Roberts, founding board, SisterSong; filmmaker Marion Lipschutz.
Read more here and here.

JANUARY 18-20, 2013
Buffalo NY
Words of Choice: Roe40
Performed by the Brazen Faced Varlots
Directed by Kelly Beuth
FIRST TIME IN BUFFALO: Words of Choice 2
Part of proceeds to Planned Parenthood
Starring Kelly Beuth, Jane Cudmore, Paul McGinnis, Brittany Kucala, Ayondela Noble, Jennifer Arroyo, Jenny Gembka, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Kerry Alsheimer and Toni Smith-Wilson.
See Listing in Buffalo News!
See Listing in Buffalo Art Voice

Thursday, JULY 19, 2012
Soho20Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
Excerpts, BACKLASH Art Exhibit and Opening
Performers Carl H. Jaynes, Abigail Ramsay and Claudia Schneider, under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus, present a ten-minute excerpt to celebrate the opening of the multi-artist BACKLASH at the Soho20 Gallery. Read more here. Meet the Cast here.

JUNE 30, 2012
NOW National Conference, Baltimore MD

Creativity & Reproductive Justice
Workshop, with Susan Elizabeth Davis
Read more here.

FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey 

Featuring Leah Jacobs, Carl H. Jaynes & Claudia Schneider under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus

FEBRUARY 5, 2012

Ridgewood, New Jersey
Unitarian Society of Ridgewood

Featuring Leah Jacobs, Carl H. Jaynes & Claudia Schneider under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus; special guest poet Maame-Mensima Horne; with Olympia’s Daughters, a cappella singers

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Sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Committee and Social Responsibilities Council of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, in partnership with the Ramapo College Women’s Center.

JANUARY 20, 21 and 22, 2012
Buffalo, New York

Words of Choice I as published in Frontlines
Produced and performed by The Brazen-Faced Varlets of Buffalo
Directed by Kelly M. Beuth
at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, New York
Production made possible by The Pro-Choice Foundation of Western New York, with support from Buffalo Womenservices; benefitting Planned Parenthood of Western New York.
Read more about the cast and company.
See the Buffalo flyer HERE!

JANUARY 18, 2012
Joy of Resistance RADIO, WBAI “Letters from Justice Blackmun” from “Words of Choice”

OCTOBER 16, 2011
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morris Township, NJ

Featuring: Carl H. Jaynes, Stacey Linnartz, Krystel Lucas under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus

Also performing: the musical group, Olympia’s Daughters
Speaker: The Rev. Alison Miller, minister, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship

JULY 31, 2011
Summer of Trust and Summer of Choice.
Germantown/Gaithersburg, Maryland
Read on our BLOG.
Featuring a special New York cast including Carl H. Jaynes, Stacey Linnartz and Krystel Lucas under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus.

Joined with a special display of artworks by pro-choice activist Heather Ault, 4,000 Years for Choice. Discussion with Heather Ault, and Maryland prochoice activists Neda Bolourian and Lily Bolourian. Capping the Walk for Choice at Germantown Clinic, supporting Dr. LeRoy Carhart.

MARCH 21, 2011
MU Social Justice Performers
Directed by Heather Carver, Elaine Lawless
& others
Museum of Art and Archeology Auditorium
Followed by a discussion with Cindy Cooper
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

The appearances below feature actors Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes, Claudia Schneider, stage manager Kelly Vieau, and director Francesca Mantani Arkus, unless otherwise noted.

FEB 13, 2011
Choice & Love, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair
Live performance & Activist Fair

Speaker: NJ State Senator & Majority Leader Barbara Buono
Special guest, Maggie Reed
NJ Star Ledger

JAN 22, 2011

Roe v. Wade Anniversary: Words of Choice EXCERPTS: “Letters to Justice Blackmun” and Collective audience Poem, featuring Carl H. Jaynes, Abigail Ramsay and Claudia Schneider

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Event of NJ Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice & NJ Abortion Access Fund at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, Plainfield NJ

OCT 22, 2010

Reception, Performance, Discussion
Center for Creative Education
Kingston NY
Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley and Ulster YWCA

OCT 11, 2010

Reception, Performance, Discussion
Student Activities Center (SAC), Ballroom B
Stony Brook University, NY
Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

MAY 2, 2010
New York City
Fundraiser for New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF)
CHOW Bar Events Room, Greenwich Village
Featuring Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes, Claudia Schneider, directed byFrancesca Mantani Arkus, stg mgr Kelly Vieau; created by Cindy Cooper

APRIL 25, 2010
First Amnesty Human Rights Art Festival
Silver Spring, Maryland
See WebWire Release
Montgomery College (Takoma/Silver Spring) HC 122
Discussion: Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel, Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center and Claire Moses, Editorial Director of the journal Feminist Studies and Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, moderator Regina Oldak, Board Member, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, founder of the Maryland Coalition for Emergency Contraception, past president of the Montgomery County Commission for Women and Senior Counsel, NWLC.

APRIL 25, 2010
Words of Choice Creativity Workshop
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Silver Spring, MD
Artists and writers from ‘Words of Choice’ with guest Angie YoungThe Coat Hanger Project.

APRIL 24, 2010
Virginia NOW State Conference
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

APRIL 23, 2010
Benefit, DC Abortion Fund (DCAF)
True Redeemer Bldg. on U Street
Washington, DC

OCTOBER 30 2009 Troy, NY
Frontlines of Choice: Book, Play Excerpts, Audience Workshop
Sanctuary for Independent Media, with Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood; Featuring Alexis Greene,editor, FRONTLINES; Actors: Claudia Schneider, Abigail Ramsay; Cindy Cooper

NARAL Pro Choice America Honors Words of Choice with the 2009 Anne E. Fisher Champion of Choice Award to Cindy Cooper, creator of Words of Choice.

AUGUST 13, 2010
WBAI, Joy of Resistance, Excerpts

JUNE 29, 2010
Live Radio Performance: WBAI, New York, 95.5
Joy of Resistance, hosted by Fran Luck: Carl H. Jaynes, Crista Maria Jackson, Claudia Schneider, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus, and discussions withCindy Cooper, guest artist Marilyn Torres

JUNE 8, 2010
Book Launch — Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women
ed by Alexis Greene and Shirley Lauro
including Words of Choice I
at The Women’s Project, New York City

APRIL 23, 2009
A Benefit for Planned Parenthood of New York City
at Historic Judson Memorial Church

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