MOM BABY GOD is a new, immersive piece of political theatre that brings audiences face-to-face with the anti-abortion movement.
MOM BABY GOD is a solo show conceived and performed by actor and activist Madeline Burrows. Born from interviews at the 2013 Students For Life of America Conference in Washington D.C., the cast includes anti-abortion activists, priests, teenage video bloggers, abstinence-only sex educators and more. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, MOM BABY GOD explores how girls develop a sense of self and sexuality amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights.
Taking the show on the road
Madeline and Production Manager/Sound Designer, Allison Smartt are taking MOM BABY GOD on the road and we need your help to share this important play with larger audiences! We believe that theater can create sites for urgently needed conversations and this show is no exception. MOM BABY GOD sows the seeds of the vital action we believe is necessary to reverse the ongoing attacks on reproductive rights. To this end, performances of MOM BABY GOD will be followed by workshops and post-show talkbacks facilitating dialogue about the assaults on reproductive rights and how we can affect change.
How will your contribution help?
Young and low-income audiences are squeezed out of theater by high priced tickets. Theater artists, especially those engaged with political issues, are prevented from developing work due to lack of public funding for projects. You can help bring MOM BABY GOD to community centers, churches, and college campuses across the country.
With assistance from grants, we have been able to purchase half of the equipment needed to prepare to tour. We need your support to buy the traveling cases, consumables, and technical equipment needed to make this show a touring success. By purchasing our own equipment, we will be able to simplify our technical needs for non-theatrical and community spaces that are not otherwise equipped for performance.
In addition to supporting the technical needs of the show, your help with provide us with a small stipend to subsidize the time away from our day jobs spent workshopping MOM BABY GOD.
If we exceed our Kickstarter goal, we will use the funding to subsidize costs associated with performing for those organizations who cannot afford to pay our fee.
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Part of taking the show on the road means performing in non-traditional spaces. We believe that this can enrich the material of the show, but also realize the possibility of technical challenges that will change aspects of the performance depending on the venue. As theater artists, we are used to finding creative and flexible solutions to these challenges.
This piece of theater directly engages with political issues around reproductive rights and women’s sexuality. We understand that these can be controversial issues, and that our performances may be sites for political debate. We welcome this debate and discussion as a central aspect of MOM BABY GOD, and think that debate and discussion are necessary for political and social change.
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