All Events »

Ann and Me: Or The Big Bad Abortion Play

June 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Bashline, winner of the 2023 United Solo Festival 'Best Storyteller,' performs Ann and Me. Press photo courtesy of the Foundry
the Foundry

Jessica Bashline, winner of the 2023 United Solo Festival Best Storyteller, performs a play inspired by the life of Ann Lohman – an Abortionist in the 1800s and all around badass.

Jessica Bashline is a middle aged, middle income, mostly average white lady – who has had abortions. And those abortions led her to study the history of abortion in the United States – because she’s a bit of a nerd. And then she wrote a really big play … And she thought that the abortion chapter of her life was closed, she was almost menopausal after all.

But then came Dobbs. And Jessica realized that having written a play about the history of legal abortion in the United States made her an expert in a niche part of legal history that was all of a sudden very important. Ann and Me: Or The Big Bad Abortion Play is alternately harrowing and an hilarious interactive experience.

The play was developed at American Theatre Northwest & Syracuse Stage’s Cold Read Festival. Jessica’s other plays include: Wickedest Woman; The story of Ann Lohman, midwife and abortionist in the 1800’s in NYC. Finalist, Scrap Mettle Arts Playwrights Festival, Production January 2019 NYC, published by Next Stage Press. Garden of Memories the story of siblings dealing with the loss of their mother and the acceptance of their past. Runner Up W. Keith Hedrick Award at HRC Showcase Theater and Semi-Finalist, Trustus New Playwrights Festival 2016.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Tapestry Health:

For 50 years Tapestry has been a leading expert in the community on critical public health issues providing access without stigma, which means meeting people where they are at and respecting their choices while providing health care, support services, and education for safer practices.

Get tickets »

Jessica Bashline, Playwright/Performer – Jessica is an Assistant Professor of Theater at the University of Miami, where she teaches acting and theater creation. She was the Artistic Director and co-founder of Strange Sun Theater, a theater company in New York City dedicated to creating magical new theater that ignites in audiences and artists, the power of possibility.

Jessica’s plays include: “Ann and Me”, a solo piece about abortion has been developed in collaboration with American Theater Northwest and Syracuse Stage. Wickedest Woman; The story of Ann Lohman, midwife and abortionist in the 1800’s in NYC. Finalist, Scrap Mettle Arts Playwrights Festival, Production January 2019 NYC, published with Next Stage Press. Garden of Memories the story of siblings dealing with the loss of their mother and the acceptance of their past. Runner Up W. Keith Hedrick Award at HRC Showcase Theater and Semi-Finalist, Trustus New Playwrights Festival 2016 among others.

Jessica works as a freelance theater director specializing in new play and musical development, her favorite credits include; Loving Repeating (NYC Premiere), Life of the Party (NYU-Premiere Production of Larry O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin’s new musical), at NYU Steinhardt Gypsy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, with Strange Sun Closer Than You Think (World Premiere), The Drowning Girls (NYC Premiere). Jessica has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MFA from Goddard College. Jessicabashline.com

Margaret M. Ledford (Director) comes from Chattanooga, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Speech from the University of Tennessee. Margaret is the Artistic Director of City Theatre in Miami.

She has directed plays, musicals, and readings in the South Florida region, including Promethean Theatre (resident director for eight years), Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage, Florida Reparatory Theatre, Naked Stage, New Theatre, Delray Beach Arts Garage, Mosaic Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company, Florida Stage, Island City Stage, Thinking Cap Theatre, and of course, City Theatre. She studied Cubist-Expressionistic scenography post-WWI at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, is an 8 time nominee for Best Director for the local Carbonell awards and a multiple Silver Palm winner for Direction (S FL Drama Desk awards).

Margaret served 6 years on the South Florida Theatre League Board of Directors, 2 years as President. Margaret is a National Reviewer for the National YoungArts Foundation in theatre and musical theatre, a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and a co-founder and Creator at Mangrove Creative Collective.

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

If you’d like to see the website grow, you can join me for a few dollars a month, enough for a cup of coffee and a cider doughnut. Members get access to extra stories and multimedia, itineraries a bookmark tool. Let me know what you're looking for, and we’ll explore together.

Event Details

Details

Date:
June 6
Time:
7:30 pm
Event Categories:
,

Event Location

The Foundry
2 Harris St.
West Stockbridge, MA
413-232-5222

Browse Events

Calendar of Events

M Mon

T Tue

W Wed

T Thu

F Fri

S Sat

S Sun

2 events,

3 events,

4 events,

6 events,

6 events,

11 events,

-

Spring Wildflower Walk

6 events,

3 events,

1 event,

2 events,

2 events,

5 events,

-

Chainsaw Safety workshop

7 events,

3 events,

3 events,

-

Haiku on the Hoosic

4 events,

5 events,

-

Haiku on the Hoosic

3 events,

9 events,

13 events,

5 events,

1 event,

3 events,

-

At home in the woods

4 events,

2 events,

5 events,

8 events,

3 events,

1 event,

2 events,

1 event,

5 events,

3 events,

10 events,

7 events,

BTW Berkshires
Shares