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Join New Voices Pittsburgh for the You Wouldn't Expect play* in partnership with demaskus Theater Collective during Women of Color HERStory Month® 2016, Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. There will be two performances that day 2 pm and 8 pm, as we spotlight the true events of the 8,000 women forcibly sterilized under a North Carolina Eugenics Program--this is their story.
Between 1933 and 1973, North Carolina sterilized 8,000 people, as part of a eugenics program that sterilized 60,000 women nationwide. "African-American women were disproportionately targeted" says playwright Marilynn Anselmi whose new stage play is based upon true events surrounding the North Carolina Eugenics Program (c. 1946 – 1968).
YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT focuses on a group of characters affected by the sterilization program that changed so many lives and, in turn, prevented others. The story is an intense drama that showcases the relationship between two women - Mary Tom Walker (the Deputy Coordinator at the local Eugenics Office) and Temperence Hedgepeth (her new assistant coordinator) are thrown together by the powers that be and are forced to work with each other despite their obvious differences in the middle of a divided South. Join demaskus for the second performance of its inaugural season and the world premiere of this play.
This play was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and presented during the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, Readers' Theatre of New Works in Winston/Salem, NC.
This production is made possible through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
$100 - WOCHM® 2016 All-Access Pass
$20 - General Admission
You can purchase tickets to the play here: You Wouldn't Expect: Performances!
SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner & Panel Discussion with demaskus Theater Collective and New Voices Pittsburgh’s Women of Color HERStory Month® 2016, 5:30 PM - $10. (Ticket to the dinner and panel discussion does not include admission to the play).
In addition to the play, audience members are invited to dine and discuss the reproductive and social justice implications of the United States eugenics program before the closing 8 PM showing of You Wouldn't Expect it.
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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