Paul Emery Nevada City Live! presents My Body No Choice
My Body No Choice will explore the importance of bodily autonomy, from the ability to choose—or not—to have an abortion, to the freedom to choose one’s body size, to deciding when to end one’s life. The short stories are both fiction and nonfiction by eight of America’s most exciting female writers: Lee Cataluna (Home of the Brave), Fatima Dyfan (Woolly Mammoth Theatre New Work Fellow), Lisa Loomer (Roe), Dael Orlandersmith (Stoop Stories), Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play), Mary Hall Surface (Perseus Bayou), V (formerly Eve Ensler) (The Vagina Monologues), and “Anonymous.” These tremendous artists and their monologues represent a rich diversity of theatrical storytelling and personal experiences.
This local production will be co-produced and directed by writer/playwright Lia Gladstone, with local actors reading. The play was commissioned by Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Theater in Washington, DC. Ms. Gladstone and Ms. Smith formerly worked together at Perseverance Theater in Juneau, AK. My Body No Choice will be performed at theaters across the United States prior to the election on November 6, 2022.