Members of Playful Substance, one of indie theatre’s leading play developers, join STILL, BIRTH. – a play about pregnancy loss by Robyne Parrish and Coley Campany, co-produced by The Chain Theatre AS PART OF THE CITY ARTISTS CORPS GRANT FROM NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA) AND THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS (DCLA)
STILL, BIRTH. – a play about pregnancy loss at The Chain at 312 West 36th Street, 4th floor, running September 17 @ 8:00 p.m.; September 18 @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.; September 19 @ 2:00 p.m.
STILL, BIRTH. – a play about pregnancy loss by Robyne Parrish and Coley Campany is one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive $5,000 through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.
Playful Substance ensemble members, Kim Berrios Lin, Laura Sisskin and Bree O’Connor join the cast of this deeply moving play. They are all founding members and Ms. O’Connor is artistic director of Playful Substance. Amanda Lacson, a member of PS’ Writers’ Group, is also part of the cast.
Still, Birth. is a play about pregnancy loss.
A taboo subject for centuries, this play seeks to open the lines of communication between those who have been touched by pregnancy loss in any way.
We want to tell our stories and we want to open the space for others to do the same. Stillbirth, miscarriage, and late term abortion account for 5.82 deaths per 1,000 live births in the U.S. The loss often leaves a trail of disappointment, guilt, shame, and grief that are commonly experienced in silence.
Still, Birth. uses dance, monologues, scenes, and poetry to tell the truth of losing a pregnancy. By telling our stories, we hope to bring healing and understanding to those affected.
Written by Parrish and Campany
Directed by Robyne Parrish
SM Kyra Bowie
Documentarian Amanda Lacson
AD and Asst Choreo Kim Rios Lin
With Tara Troy, Coley Campany, Juan Perez, Bree O’Connor, Laura Sisskin Fernandez, Yessinia Rivas, Nupur Charyalu and Czary Mada
Tickets are $15. All audience members must show proof of vaccination for all in-person attendance. For Chain Theatre COVID protocols visit here: https://www.chaintheatre.org/covid-19-guidelines.
CHAIN THEATRE is a production company whose goal is to create artistic work that is accessible, relatable and invokes a visceral response in the audience through the mediums of theatre and film. Past productions include NYC Premiere Six Corners by Emmy Nominated Keith Huff (A Steady Rain, Mad Men, House of Cards) the Chain has also collaborated with Tony Award Winner David Rabe (Sticks and Bones and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.) Past award-winning productions include: Hurlyburly by David Rabe, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, and Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian. Chain Theatre is also home to the Chain NYC Film Festival. 312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018 For more about the Chain Theatre visit http://www.chaintheatre.org
PLAYFUL SUBSTANCE is a New York based theater company dedicated to fostering new works through our Writers Groups, developmental workshops, community events and fully staged productions. We believe that lifelong artist development, work-life balance, and the vitality of an inclusive creative space are integral to the artist’s practice. “Playful Substance” is the mission; substantive work approached with joy, cooperation, sensitivity and humor.