The Story: We handled pr, event planning, and media management for Advocates for Youth’s 1-in-3 Campaign in Washington, DC and New York, NY.
Advocates for Youth broke new ground with Out of Silence: 1 in 3 Campaign. From the halls of Congress to pulpits and court houses around the country, there is so much noise around women’s personal stories, many of which have been silenced. In an effort to shatter that silence and de-stigmatize feminine care, Advocates’ 1 in 3 Campaign will elevate the voices of hundreds of women with ‘Out of Silence’.
On January 20, 2015, the Campaign will welcome playwrights, feminists, youth activists, theater enthusiasts and supporters to delve into this insightful production at the historic Studio Theatre. Composed of 13 scenes from 10 different female playwrights with one sole mission: to create a new conversation and move beyond political rhetoric and divisive debate to a more personal understanding of the role abortion plays in women’s lives.
With a renowned team including playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton and director Marie Byrd Sproul at the helm of the production; attendees can be sure that Out of Silence will be an enlightening and thought-provoking piece.
The full production will be prefaced by a press reading in NYC on January 7, but for the January 20 Advocates especially invites university press and young people to attend. “We want this play to be a nation-wide phenomenon that starts at the grassroots level, on every campus and community around the country,” states Julia Reticker-Flynn, Associate Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization for Advocates for Youth. “Out of Silence can be the spark that ignites a renewed fire on this issue, brining an openness to this conversation and empowering people everywhere to stand up for safe, legal and affordable care.”
Following the production co-producer Jacqueline E. Lawton, actress/playwright Anu Yadav, and playwright Nicole Jost will host a panel discussion and open Q&A based on the production. Similar to the riveting Vagina Monologues, Out of Silence will delve into the difficult situations and emotions that surround abortions— from multiple point of views. The play is derived fromthe over 600 stories submitted to the Campaign and represent women from a wide array of situations, ages, and backgrounds. The creative team is made up of a diverse set of multi-generational, female playwrights including: Allyson Currin, DW Gregory,Caleen Jenning, Nicole Jost, Jacqueline E. Lawton,Kristine LePine, Jennifer Nelson, Mary McKeown, Anu Yadav, and Karen Zacarias. “Bringing this production to the stage has been an insightful experience both personally and professionally,” says Director Marie Byrd Sproul. “These stories need to be heard, they need to be brought out for all of us to listen to and respect.”
About Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions programs and policies that recognize young people’s rights to sexual health information and services. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. For more information, please visit: www.advocatesforyouth.org.
When: January 20, 2014 – Reception: 5:30 p.m. | Production: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14thStreet NW, Washington, DC 20005