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Breathing life into ancient texts, these stories reveal the intimate, personal narratives of our Biblical matriarchs.

In The Voice of Our Mothers ("VOOM"): 

WHAT:

In The Voice of Our Mothers" (VOOM) Breathing life into ancient texts and told, this time, from the point of view of the women! We reveal the intimate, powerful, personal narratives of our Biblical matriarchs, as vividly imagined by playwright/director Carol Fox Prescott.  While based on sacred writings the play transcends its setting. Its characters become Everywoman, talking with her neighbors, confiding in her friends about real life challenges and day to day living. Sarah may be sharing her shifting feelings for Abraham, Isaac, and yes, even God, but she could just as easily be a woman of today, talking about her daily concerns -- because life as we know it, with all of its subtleties and complications, happens again and again and again.

WHY:

On the face of it, our play can simply be experienced as a good evening in the theater. Still, there are spiritual and educational aspects which provide for wide ranging discussions and teachings that will help to bring our women of the bible into perspective for Jewish, Christian, inter-faith and secular audiences as well as women’s and religious studies departments in universities. Our experience at The Duchess County Jail, where the play was performed for both men and women, convinces us that the simple act of story telling is as potent a tool as it ever was. The play encourages people to learn about themselves as they identify their place in the world. And, of course, these are among the greatest stories ever told. 

WHO:

The play, the cast, the producing committee from Miriam's Well, (a 501c3 organization) its founder and spiritual director Susan Rosen, writer/director Carol Fox Prescott and the many volunteers who have generously offered their skills and expertise to help us keep going through these many months of development. Now we are ready to reach out and bring our work out into the world.

Our goal is to continue to present VOOM to synagogues, churches, universities, prisons and other venues beyond the commercial theater.

The VOOM company includes:

Carol Fox Prescott

Susan Rosen

Yvonne Brechbuhler (Sarah)

Gabrielle Maisels (Rebecca)

Kate Holland (Rachel)

Donna Klimek (Leah)

Carole Forman (Miriam)

Committee members: Susan Auchincloss and Julia Boylan.


WHAT WE NEED:

The money raised will be divided in three ways:

  • First: for operating expenses; office supplies, publicity and public relations, website upkeep, costumes, transportation, etc.

  • Second: additional concentrated rehearsal time will be required as we travel and present the play in many locations. Included in this category will be money to pay for rehearsal space in NYC and a stipend for the company.

  • Third: we are determined to bring our show to as many venues as we can. However, in this economy, there are many worthy places that simply cannot afford to bring in a play with a five-member cast.  We want to be able to underwrite these locations so that we may pay our own creative team and cover travel expenses. 

*video produced by Jason Hutt with Oxbow Lake Films

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    A 45-minute schmooze (live, phone or Skype) with Miriam’s Well founder and/or VOOM writer/director Carol Fox Prescott to discuss our process in creating VOOM and birthing it into the world.

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    2 one-hour monologue coaching sessions in New York City, with cast members Kate Holland or Gabrielle Maisels.

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    Room and board at any Miriam’s Well retreat weekend. The Center is located on five glorious wooded acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley. “Miriam’s Well offers transformational experiences that initiate & sustain conscious spiritual evolution toward respectful coexistence.”

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    Know anyone who’s making a new years resolution to get their house or office in order? Here is A Gift Certificate for one 3 hour Decluttering Session with cast member and organization expert, Donna Klimek.

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    Learn to read Hebrew (ten sessions) or chant Torah (six sessions) with Julia Boylan, VOOM Committee member and Secretary who is also an experienced and loved Bar and Bat Mitzva teacher at The Woodstock Jewish Congregation. Offered in and around Woodstock or by telephone.

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    Cast member Yvonne Brechbuhler, certified in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®, offers a one-hour session, in your New York City home, for an individual or a small group to begin to step through barriers into freedom of movement.

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    4 three-hour On The Breath Acting Classes given at Miriam’s Well, Saugerties, NY. Carol is a celebrated teacher and performance coach credited with bringing magic and joy into a room, enabling individuals to reach breakthroughs in creative freedom, authenticity, and self-expression.

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    3 hours of tutoring (in New York City or by Skype) with cast member Gabrielle Maisels. Gabrielle prepares students for tests such as the LSATs, SATs and others, and coaches students in writing application essays, artist statements, journal articles and more.

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    4 private sessions in The Secret of Being At Ease, a unique approach to issues of performance anxiety, with VOOM writer/director Carol Fox Prescott, in her Woodstock, NY studio, for actors, attorneys, clergy, politicians, medical, business and other professionals.

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    A certified "Music Together" birthday party for your child, in your home in New York City, offered by cast member Yvonne Brechbuhler. "Music Together" is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them.

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    Full tuition plus room and board at any Miriam’s Well retreat weekend. The Center is located on five glorious wooded acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

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    An onsite talk or presentation (within the tri-state area) for your company or organization on acting, VOOM, The Secret of Being At Ease or any other topic birthed through writer/director’s Carol Fox Prescott’s distinctive approach to her work based on breathing, awareness and joy.

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    Cast member and master storyteller Carole Forman will come to your home, company or organization in New York City to perform a program of Jewish tales or a medley of stories and songs from different religious traditions. Choose from Jewish Spiritual Stories for Children, The Soul's Delight ~ Tales of Shabbat - Stories with Discussion, or The Heart of the Heart: Exploring Spiritual Storytelling – Workshop. A stunning way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or life itself.

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    Dinner with two people with cast (at Miriam's Well or NYC) and attendance to a VOOM performance.

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    A weekend (dinner on Friday thru lunch on Sunday) for two at the magnificent Old Stone Farm Wellness Center, located just south of Rhinebeck, NY on a 230 acre property where all buildings and furnishings are consistent with the period of the earliest buildings which date back to the mid 18th century. The outstanding chef offers delicious, health conscious meals. Horseback riding and massage are included.

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