MOM BABY GOD @ Swarthmore College's Olde Club
MOM BABY GOD is a new one-woman political theatre piece that takes audiences inside the anti-abortion movement. The show follows an up-and-coming teenage anti-abortion activist as she navigates the political terrain at the fictionalized Students for Life of America Conference. Six other characters, from priests to abstinence-only sex educators provide humorous, insightful and shocking looks into the movement.
MOM BABY GOD brings live theatre and political activism together in a powerful new way. Audiences are immersed in the tactics and rhetoric of the anti-abortion movement as they don name-tags upon entrance into the performance space and become conference participants. MOM BABY GOD aims to inspire renewed commitment to reproductive rights advocacy by exposing how effectively the anti-abortion movement is stripping away women's reproductive rights.
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, MOM BABY GOD explores how girls develop a sense of self and sexuality amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights. Developed by reproductive rights activist, actor and playwright Madeline Burrows, MOM BABY GOD is based on a year of immersive research and interviews at anti-abortion conferences, fundraisers and rallies.
Madeline Burrows (Actor/Playwright) is a Northampton-based actor, playwright and graduate of Hampshire College, where she developed an interdisciplinary thesis in devised theater culminating in MOM BABY GOD. As a Hampshire College student, Burrows trained in Tectonic Theatre Project's "Moment Work" method and was a co-creator and performer of Going Public, an interview-based theater piece on the attack on public education directed by Tectonic Theatre Project's Andy Paris. Burrows has collaborated on and performed in numerous original theater works with the Raven Mad Theatre Company in Boston, MA, including "Dahl," an original play for grown-ups based on Roald Dahl's children's books, and "The Night Before Malcolm's Reconstructionist Bar Mitzvah," an immersive site-specific play following a dysfunctional family through their suburban home on the eve of their son's Bar Mitzvah. She also performed in Gan-e-Meed Theatre Company's production of "The Girls" in the Boston 10-Minute Play Festival and can be seen in an upcoming production of Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" at UMass Amherst's Rand Theater.
Allison Smartt (Production Manager/Sound Designer/Lighting Designer) is an alumna of Hampshire College, where she concentrated in Immersive, Design Driven Performance. A staunch supporter of reproductive justice for all, she had been involved with MOM BABY GOD from its first iterations in October 2012. Her production credits run the gamut of theatre and dance and include "Tryst" (Chester Theatre Company), "Take it Over" (The Club at La MaMa), "The 10x10 New Play Festival" (Barrington Stage Company), "Forsenga" (Arts in Odd Places Festival, NYC) and "Hairspray" (Hartford Children's Theatre). Ms. Smartt continues to work as an audio engineer and production professional for many institutions in Massachusetts. Currently, she is the Dance Program Assistant at Hampshire College and the Technical Director of the Mount Holyoke Dance Department.
Emma Weinstein (Director) is a New York-based theatre director, focusing on innovative, immersive theatre that incorporates music, dance, politics and audience involvement. Emma graduated from Smith College where she directed numerous plays including department productions of "Private Lives" by Noel Coward and of "Marat/Sade" by Peter Weiss. Emma attended the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, where she co-directed the final project: an adaptation of "Waiting for Lefty," inspired by the Occupy Movement and generated by a 32-person ensemble. Emma has assisted numerous directors such as Sheryl Kaller, Daniel Kramer and Sue Hamilton. She interned at La Muse Artist's Retreat in Carcasonne, France, has been a member of the New Generation Theatre Ensemble for 8 years and attended LaMama's International Directors Symposium in Italy. Raised in New York City and Los Angeles, Emma has also interned at the Chicago Director's Lab, Chester Theatre, and was the Publicity and Marketing Intern for the Smith College Theatre Department for two years. Emma is the two-time recipient of the The Samuel A. Eliot, Jr./Julia Heflin Award for Distinguished Directing and the Bernhardt Brueger Prize for Excellence in the Smith College Theatre Department. Emma's interests as a director range from productions of classic texts to devised work to political theatre.
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500 Swarthmore Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
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