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“Words of Choice” Brings Reproductive Rights to Center Stage at the First WiredArts Fest

by Ashley Paskalis Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Pro-choice Production Offers New Venue for Social Justice in an Engaging Activism Based Theater Experience

“Words of Choice,” a dynamic pro-choice theater piece is bringing its show to New York City this March in honor of Women’s History Month and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In addition to the two performances, the show is available via live-streaming to audiences across the nation and the globe.

“Words of Choice” weaves together dozens of stories of reproductive rights through poetry, spoken word, oral history, theater and journalism. It is performed by three actors, and showcases a variety of serious, comedic and contemplative pieces. As part of the first-ever WiredArts Fest, Words of Choice will be showcased to hundreds of activists with the shared goal of reproductive and social justice.

“Women’s rights and reproductive freedoms are still under attack. As activists and ambassadors of change, everyone involved with Words of Choice is committed to moving public sentiment and influencing policy makers. We created this event because the use of theater is a way to transmit the pro-choice message, opening hearts and minds, and empowering the movement for women’s full equality and rights,” said Cindy Cooper, creator of Words of Choice.

“Words of Choice” will be performed on March 1 at 7 pm EST and March 2 at 3 pm EST at The Secret Theater in Long Island City. As part of the WiredArts Fest, the live streaming audience will be able to participate simultaneously with tweeting, instant messaging, photo shots and Facebook. After the shows a panel discussion will take place to discuss the pieces and the state of reproductive and social justice. Friday night will feature Amanda Marcotte, blogger at Pandagon, writer at RHReality Check, and author; joining us on Saturday is Lynn Roberts, founding board member of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and an assistant professor at Hunter College.

The “Words of Choice” ensemble will include Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes and Claudia Schneider under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus; Kelly Vieau is stage manager; Stacey Linnartz is Artistic Consultant.

Tickets and where to watch:
You can watch ONLINE from anywhere for free. Free viewing comes with pop-up ads at any time.

For a mini-payment of $2.50, you can watch ONLINE without the annoyance of commercials.

In-studio theater tickets are $18.00. Discounts available for groups of 8 and for prochoice activists! Email:

Location: The New Media Center at the Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. 7, E, M or G Train to Courthouse/23.

Additional ticketing information available at

For additional information or press inquiries, please contact:
Ashley Paskalis
Marketing and Public Relations Consultant
Cindy Cooper
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