MOM BABY GOD For One Night Only In New York, October 18
Double LTR Productions' MOM BABY GOD kicks off its national tour and makes its New York premiere on Friday, October 18th at 5pm at TADA! Theatre, 15 W 28th St. New York, NY 10001. Each show will be followed by an optional thirty minute talkback. This performance is presented as part of the One Woman Standing: New Works Series from Emerging Artists Theatre. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit www.mombabygod.com/the-tour.
MOM BABY GOD follows a rising teenage anti-abortion starlet as she navigates the political terrain at the fictionalized Students for Life of America Conference. Audience members become the conference attendees and witness first-hand the tactics and rhetoric of the anti-choice movement. Directed by New York-based artist Emma Weinstein, MOM BABY GOD features Boston-based performer and playwright Madeline Burrows who plays characters ranging from priests to abstinence-only sex educators, providing humorous, insightful and shocking looks into the anti-abortion movement.
Recent legislation like Texas House Bill 2, one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, and the U.S. House Bill entitled, The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, are just two alarming examples of the attacks on women's reproductive rights. These pieces of legislation proposed, and in the case of Texas House Bill 2, passed a twenty-week ban on abortions. MOM BABY GOD aims to inspire renewed commitment to reproductive rights advocacy.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade by delving into a line of inquiry that puts indoctrination, groupthink, and America's twisting moral code at the center of the debate. Explore how young women today develop a sense of self and sexuality amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights. Based on a year of immersive research and interviews at anti-abortion conferences, fundraisers and rallies, you won't want to miss MOM BABY GOD's unique blend of live theater and political activism.
MORE ABOUT THE CAST AND CREW
Madeline Burrows (Actor/Playwright) is a Northampton-based actor, playwright, and activist. She is a graduate of Hampshire College where she developed an interdisciplinary thesis in devised theater and women, gender, and sexuality studies culminating in MOM BABY GOD. Madeline was the recipient of the Social Venture Fund and David E. Smith awards in American Studies, which supported the early development of the show. She trained in Tectonic Theatre Project's "Moment Work" method and was co-creator and performer of Going Public, an interview-based theater piece about the attack on public education directed by Tectonic Theatre Project's Andy Paris. Madeline has also performed with Gan-e-meed Theatre Project (The Girls) and in three original productions with the Raven Mad Theatre Company in Boston. She can be seen in Detonated Theater's upcoming Project Eurydice in Amherst, MA.
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.