Jane play offered for #togetherforabortion events

The play, about the legendary underground Chicago abortion service, is available free of charge for activist events, such as this one that took place in Santa Barbara, CA. A quote from director Annika Speer:

“ I directed Jane as a fundraiser event for the Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood and Pro-Choice Coalition’s Roe v Wade anniversary event. There were numerous merits to incorporating activist theatre into the event: It was an excellent way to get university students involved. By connecting the university to the event we were able to cross collaborate with the Feminist Studies Department and the Theater and Dance Department. Kamen’s multiple versions of the script as well as her “Student Organizing Guide” makes the play accessible to non-theatre practitioners. A major strength of this play is its activist potential! ”

The play, Jane: Abortion and the Underground, offers at least 9 diverse and substantial roles for women and could not be more timely. Based on original interviews, it tells the story of the legendary pre-Roe underground abortion service, Jane, which was known as “the best kept secret” in  Chicago form 1969-1973. It offers inspiration about the power of women organizing, but also warns about the harsh realities of illegal abortion, even in the most ideal DIY circumstances.

The play, which debuted in 1999 and has been excerpted in several “best of” stage scene and monologue books, had about 20 readings and productions, mainly in fringe feminist theaters and at universities, during the George W Bush years. Now, with abortion access under renewed threat under the reign of Orange Hitler, I’m trying to launch this play again.

For more info on play, see my Jane page or the listing on the National New Play Network. Email paulakamen@gmail.com for details or for a script.

 

Jane play now with National New Play Network

For more info on the play, its production and publication history and, a new testimonial about activist potential, go to the NPX website. 

Also feel free to email me at paulakamen@gmail.com about more info or obtaining a sample copy.

The play, based on original interviews with women who ran and used this legendary underground abortion service, is available as a full-length play and then in shorter student-adapted versions. It is available for no charge to theaters and student groups planning pro-choice fundraisers, especially for #togetherourabortion and #shoutyourabortion events. And especially for January events marking Roe v. Wade in the US and the Morgentaler decision in Canada.

“Jane” play featured in special “Roe v Wade” issue of feminist journal

Annika Spear, who was a co-director with the 2011 production of the play at the University of California Santa Barbara, writes in the new issue of Frontiers how the play shakes theatrical conventions by actually dramatizing an abortion on the stage, and by tweaking the “documentary play” format. A goal now for 2014 is to finally get this play published, after dozens of staged readings and productions, often by student groups who groove on the many roles for young women and the resonance of this story of underground abortion today.