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Frontlines: WORDS OF CHOICE Unique Event in Troy NY October 30 2009


WORDS OF CHOICE, dynamic pro-choice theater, travels to Troy, New York for a unique event CHOICE FOR ALL event on October 30, 2009 at 7 pm at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy. The evening is cosponsored by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.

Writers and artists will appear. Actors Claudia Schneider and Abigail Ramsay will present live selections from the touring performance of “Words of Choice”. Author and theater critic Alexis Greene will talk about her book, “Frontlines: Political Plays by American Women” which includes “WORDS OF CHOICE” and six other plays.

In addition, selections from the “Words of Choice” DVD will be played, and Cindy Cooper, founder and creator of Words of Choice will lead the audience through creativity exercises exploring reproductive freedom at this time.

WORDS OF CHOICE has traveled to 20 states to open new conversations about reproductive freedom. The play and DVD of Words of Choice contain the works of a dozen writers on abortion, contraception, body image, pregnancy, adoption, medical services, the Right-wing and pro-choice activism. The play selections are humorous, poignant and dramatic.

One selection, “Letters to Justice Blackmun” is composed of correspondence from a series of people -- pro and con -- who wrote to the author of the decision in “Roe v. Wade”. It was compiled with the help of his daughter, Sally Blackmun. Another selection, “In the Movies,” by Penny Lane, who is from Troy, gives quirky reviews of films about unwanted pregnancies, dating back to the 1930s.

In recognition of Hallowe’en, the evening will include a parody performance of “Hallowe’en Hell House” (because what could be scarier than women losing their rights?)

Audiences will be invited to discuss the subjects and to engage in participatory exercises on “What Choice Means to Me”. The Troy event is part of the “Words of Choice” initiative, “Artist Investigations of Reproductive Rights,” or AIRR, which brings fresh air to the choice movement.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in an historic former church.

The event will be the first appearance of WORDS OF CHOICE in the Upper Hudson. Earlier in October, Cindy Cooper, founder, was honored with the 2009 NARAL ProChoice America Champion of Choice Award.

Frontlines: Words of Choice
at the Sanctuary for Independent Media
3361 6th Avenue
Troy, New York
Cosponsored by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

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