Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company

Jane: Abortion and the Underground tells the stories of the fight for freedom over female bodies that continues today.

By: Sep. 15, 2023
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Idle Muse Theatre Company’s Jane: Abortion and the Underground, written by Paula Kamen and directed by Morgan Manasa, is now playing through October 15, at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave.
 
"Jane" was the code name for an underground service in Chicago, run by a collective of housewives and students, that brought safe and affordable abortions to 11,000 women from 1969 to 1973. Based on interviews with the women who ran this legendary organization before Roe v. Wade, Jane: Abortion and the Underground tells the stories of the fight for freedom over their bodies that continues today.

Jane: Abortion and the Underground has been produced around the country by theater companies and colleges. In 2022, (HBO) MAX (previously HBO) premiered the documentary, “The Janes,” produced by the son of Jane member Judith Arcana, Daniel Arcana, to which playwright Kamen contributed a source, Crystal, from her play research. In the fall of 2019, a NYC off-Broadway celebrity reading of the play was held with Ana Gasteyer, Monique Coleman, Kathy Najimy, Cynthia Nixon and others.

The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are now on sale for $20, $15, students and seniors and $10 for Thursday Industry Nights at IdleMuse.org or the Idle Muse Theatre Company Box Office, 773.340.9438.

Photo Credit: Steven Townshend

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Caty Gordon

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Kristen Alesia

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Elizabeth MacDougald, Aleta Soron, Jillian Leff, Catrina Evans and Caty Gordon

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Kristen Alesia, Joel Thompson and Elizabeth MacDougald

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Jamie Redwood, Aleta Soron, Jennifer Mohr, Kristen Alesia, Elizabeth MacDougald and Caty Gordon

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Catrina Evans

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Aleta Soron

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Jillian Leff

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Elizabeth MacDougald

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Troy Schaeflein and Kristen Alesia

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Jamie Redwood, Catrina Evans, Meghann Tabor, Aleta Soron and Caty Gordon

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company
Jennifer Mohr

 




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