Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Be BOLD: Birth Performances in Gardiner, ME

Karen Brody's play, Birth, will be performed at the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center (280 Water Street) in Gardiner, Maine on Friday, September 26th at 7pm and Sunday, September 28th at 2pm. The Friday performance will feature a "talk back" discussion with area healthcare providers and birth experts. Tickets are $10, and are available at the door or by emailing BOLDinMaine@yahoo.com.

All profits are to benefit Birthroots of Maine.

About the play, from the BOLD website, www.boldaction.org
"Birth is a play based on over one hundred interviews Karen Brody conducted with mothers across America who gave birth between 2000-2004. It tells the true stories of 8 women painting a portrait of how low-risk, educated women are giving birth in America today . . . Moving between first-person monologues, some dialogue, and the voices these women heard on the day they gave birth, Birth confronts, what City Lights Theater Company has called, "The naked truth about childbirth in America."

"BOLD is an exciting, uplifting, and empowering answer to our nation's childbirth crisis. I support this movement with every fiber of my being" Christine Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Playwright Karen Brody's blog.

More about BOLD, from the BOLD website, www.boldaction.org, below. The website has a great list of links and books, lots more about BOLD and Birth, as well as information on how you can contribute by organizing an event or through a financial donation.
"What is BOLD’s approach?"

"BOLD's approach to our mission is based on similar "theatre for social change" models (V-Day, The Innocence Project). Every September (and during the month of other Labour Day around the world) we support communities to organize a BOLD production of Karen Brody's critically acclaimed play, Birth, and a BOLD Talkback, take the play to a college campus to educate students about maternity care, or organize a BOLD Red Tent. The goal of each event is to engage communities in a discussion about how to improve their local maternity care issues. BOLD puts mothers at the center of solving their maternity care problems. At BOLD we ask mothers: what kind of childbirth conditions do you want? What do you deserve?"

"What does the BOLD acronym stand for?"

"Our acronym stands for Birth On Labor Day (BOLD). In 2006, BOLD's first year, over forty performances of Karen Brody's critically acclaimed play, Birth, were performed throughout the world over four days during the American Labor Day weekend. Since then BOLD has expanded to include events at other times beyond Labor Day weekend."

"Why BOLD?"

"Playwright Karen Brody wanted to find a way to honor mothers’ birth experiences, get communities talking about their local birthing issues, and raise money for organizations and small groups who are working to make maternity care mother-friendly. “One woman dies every minute throughout the world from a pregnancy or childbirth-related cause,” says Brody, “As a writer I wondered, why are we not telling this story? And as an activist I wondered, how can we tell this story in a way that will make a difference, that will shift the model of maternity care for women to the mother’s needs?”
I plan to go to the Friday performance - it's been on my "to do" list for a couple of years, but the dates have never worked out. I'm really, really excited to go!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine

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