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Jane: Abortion and the Underground Official Press Release

Women invariably have had the right to choose.
It’s just not always been legal.

May 9, 2001- Madison, WI On June 7th 2001 Millenium Theater presents Jane: Abortion and the Underground by Paula Kamen a play about a group of Hyde Park students and housewives who safely performed over 10,000 abortions between 1969 and 1973.
It all begins when Heather Booth, an activist in the Movement, is asked to help the sister of a friend to find a safe abortion. The story details the emergence of a group of women first dedicated to helping women finding abortions and until they are finally arrested in May of 1973.
The play was originally produced by Green Highway in Chicago and was included in The Best Stage Monologues of 1999 and The Best Stage Scenes of 1999 published by Smith and Kraus. It was a finalist in the Moondance Film Festival for the Columbine non-violence award.
There will be a series of talk backs with participants ranging from the author and local figures involved in this issue. By sharing this amazing story, Millenium Theater hopes to encourage community dialog and empower women to make choices.
Mary Ellen O’Hara is a recent graduate of the directing program at University of Iowa and has directed at Smith College, San Francisco Cinematheque and Riverside Theatre. Among the cast of are Erin Baal, seen recently in Pride’s Crossing with Strollers Theatre; Mary-Elizabeth Pasquesi, recently in Skin of Our Teeth and Rumors with Madison Theatre Guild; Heather Stickeler recently in The Crucible with Strollers Theatre; Martha White recently in A Raisin in the Sun with University Theater and Jack Zittlow recently seen as Eugenia in Eugenia at University Theater. Other performers include: Alexis Avila, Amy Gunderson, Katie Knutson, Betty Sells-Asberry and Heidi Yockey. Light design is being done by Jim Kalupa. Sound design is being done by Mark Penner. Set design will be done by Bryan Winn, a professor at University of Iowa.
Performances will be held Thursdays and Fridays, June 7-8 and 14-15 at 8pm and Saturdays June 9th and 16th at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday June 10th at 5pm at the Bartell Theatre (formerly the Esquire) 113 E Mifflin St. The June 14th performance is a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Tickets are $12 for all shows.