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Words of Choice, Pro Choice Theater, To DC-VA-MD; Amnesty Human Rights Art Festival


Words of Choice will be traveling to Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland in a mini-tour, April 23-25 for a series of exciting events and inspiring collaborations. Events culminate with the free performance at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival in Silver Spring. Details of all events are on our website,

DC Abortion Fund, April 23, 7 pm -- DC

On Friday, April 23 at 7 pm, Words of Choice will appear live in DC in partnership with the DC Abortion Fund for an event that will raise funds to help women pay for abortions. The performance will be in DC at the Lankford Auditorium, 1200 U St., NW, in the True Reformer Building.

The DC Abortion Fund (DCAF) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that makes grants to DC women who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. “We hope to make “choice” a reality because we believe that a woman’s right to healthcare should not depend on her wallet,” it writes. Tickets are $20 and $40.

Virginia NOW April 24, Harrisonburg VA

On April 24, the Words of Choice actors and team will partner with Virginia NOW at its State Conference, being held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Virginia NOW says: “The purpose of Virginia NOW (National Organization for Women) is to bring women into full equality in all aspects of life,” and adds: “We’re grassroots, we’re feisty, and we’re fearless. We take on the issues others won’t or can’t.”

Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, Silver Spring MD,
April 25 -- Workshop and Live Performance with Discussion

On April 25, Words of Choice kicks up TWO happening events in Silver Spring, Maryland, part of the first Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. “It’s an honor to be bringing reproductive justice topics to this weekend festival celebrating human rights and the arts that speak to them,” said Cindy Cooper, creator of Words of Choice.

Workshop April 25 at 12:30 pm

On Sunday, April 25 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, artists from Words of Choice will hold a Creativity Workshop on Reproductive Rights and Women’s Rights at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event is free and open to the public. Audience participants will learn theatrical techniques to open new discussions on reproductive freedom. Joining the workshop will be filmmaker Angie Young, who created The Coat Hanger Project.

Live Performance: April 25, 4:30 pm, Silver Spring MD + discussion

The Words of Choice mini-tour will culminate that afternoon on April 25, at 4:30 pm as Words of Choice presents a free performance at Montgomery College (Takoma/Silver Spring) in the Auditorium of the Health Sciences Building, known as HC 122 on the campus map (7977 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring MD 20910.) The Health Sciences Building is right across from the Performing Arts Center.

A discussion will follow with Jill Morrison, reproductive rights specialist at the National Women’s Law Center, Claire Moses, editorial director of Feminist Studies and professor of women’s studies at the University of Maryland, and moderated by Regina Oldak, former chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Women, a Board member of Planned Parenthood Metro Washington, and counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Planned Parenthood Metro Washington will be on hand with literature and information.

Details of Performances

The performances will feature Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes and Claudia Schneider, under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus, with Kelly Vieau, stage manager. Cindy Cooper, creator and producer, will guide discussions and workshops.

Words of Choice -- smart, funny, endangered -- has now traveled to 20 states to open new discussions about reproductive freedom. The play weaves together the words and writings of a dozen incredible writers to present a panorama of reproductive freedom and women’s rights. The incredible array of writers include June Jordan, Angela Bonavoglia, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Esosa Edosomwan, Michael David Quinn, Jana Mackey, Dr. Susan Wicklund, Justice Harry Blackmun and Sally Blackmun, Judith Arcana, Kathleen Tolan, Barbara Lindsay, Cindy Cooper, Alix Olson, Penny Lane, and others.

Pictures and Posters

Posters for all of the events and photos can be downloaded online


 DC Abortion Fund
 Virginia NOW
 Human Rights Art Festival
 Cindy Cooper

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