"In our workshops, stories kept coming up about unexpected pregnancies, and what people did about them, revealing secrets they've never told before. There was such a great range of stories, that we thought it was important to collect them all together, and share them with the world in 2013, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade."|
Inspired by "The Vagina Monologues," What To Expect When You're NOT Expecting incorporates as source material the voices of many women and men, a number of whom have participated in TMI Project writing workshops. Their experiences with unplanned pregnancies are varied, and run the gamut from the choice to keep a baby, put one up for adoption or terminate. Adoptees are also heard from about their experiences. There's even a transgendered prospective sperm donor in the mix, who is left to decide if he should transition to womanhood or hold-out to donate; a dilemma he certainly wasn't planning on.
"We know that making decisions regarding a pregnancy can sometimes be complicated, complex and deeply personal," says Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. "Those decisions should be made by the woman in consultation with her health care professional or faith advisor. It is important that people understand that every woman's situation is unique -- no one else walks in her shoes."
The Bearsville production marks the show's premiere at 8 pm on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.
We hope that like "The Vagina Monologues," What To Expect When You're NOT Expecting will become a piece that's produced in many other places around the country and the world and will continue to raise money for Planned Parenthood and TMI Project's Community Outreach Initiative.
Starling Productions is a non-profit theater production company Eva Tenuto founded in 2010. TMI Project is an off-shoot that offers memoir and monologue writing workshops that culminate in often sold-out performances and published essay collections. Through its Community Outreach Initiative, TMI Project takes its workshops to populations that don't often get to be heard, such as the incarcerated, survivors of domestic violence, LBGTQ teens, the mentally ill, military veterans, and others.
For more information contact Starling Productions - call 914-299-2363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bearsville Theater (View)
291 Tinker St.
Woodstock, NY 12498
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