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Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign NYC Reading Preview
Primary Stages, Studio B
New York, NY
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Wednesday Jan 07, 2015 6:00 PM - Wednesday Jan 07, 2015 7:30 PM | Free


Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign NYC Reading Preview
Out of Silence abortion play

Advocates for Youth will break new ground with Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign. From the halls of Congress to pulpits and court houses around the country, there is so much noise around abortionbut it's women's personal stories that have been silenced. In an effort to shatter that silence and de-stigmatize abortion care, Advocates' 1 in 3 Campaign will elevate the voices of hundreds of women with 'Out of Silence'.

January 7 [2015], prior to the full theatrical production, Advocates for Youth is welcoming select media for a special preview performance. In conjunction with its 'Speakout' previously held on November 20, which focused on bringing women's personal abortion stories literally out of silence. The play's preview event will be an intimate reading of the vignettes inspired by those real stories. Composed of 13 scenes from 10 different female playwrights, the plays in Out of Silence are derived from the over 600 stories submitted to the Campaign and represent women from a wide array of situations, ages, and backgrounds. It's the 1 in 3 Campaign's mission: to create a new conversation about abortion and move beyond the political rhetoric and divisive debate to a more personal understanding of the role abortion plays in women's lives.

With a renowned team including playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton and director Marie Byrd Sproul at the helm of the production; attendees can be sure that Out of Silence will be an enlightening and thought-provoking experience.
"Plays have a long history of introducing new perspectives and shifting public discourse, while providing audiences with a safe space to grapple with important social issues" says Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth. "We have been honored to receive these stories from women across the country. Each story is unique and brings a fresh perspective to the issue, but what's most remarkable is how the need for safe abortion care is a common thread that runs through all our lives and has done so throughout the generations."

In keeping with the 1 in 3 Campaign's dedication to highlighting and furthering the activism of Millennials to  ensure safe, legal abortion access, the play will be made available, for free via the Campaign's website, for youth activists to stage on their college campuses and in their communities. "We want this play to be a nation-wide phenomenon that starts at the grassroots level, on every campus and community around the country," states Julia Reticker-Flynn, Associate Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization for Advocates for Youth. "Out of Silence can be the spark that ignites a renewed fire on this issue, bringing an openness to this conversation and empowering people everywhere to stand up for safe, legal and affordable abortion care."

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About the 1 in 3 Campaign
The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth, is a grassroots movement designed to ignite a new conversation about abortion, through storytelling, to end the stigma around abortion care in America. Its mission: to ensure that abortion remains safe, legal, and affordable. For more information, please visit: www.1in3campaign.org.

About Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions programs and policies that recognize young people's rights to sexual health information and services. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. For more information, please visit: www.advocatesforyouth.org.


Primary Stages, Studio B (View)
307 W 38th St, Suite 1510
New York, NY 10018
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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