From a Chicago performance.
‘BIRTH'7 p.m., Haislip Arena Theatre, UALR. Free-$10.
Karen Brody gave birth to her two sons in Little Rock at home with the help of midwives. Since then, she's founded BOLD (Birth on Labor Day), a global activist theater movement aimed at “making maternity care more mother-friendly.” From 2003 to 2004, she interviewed some 100 women across the U.S. about their pregnancy experience. Using that information, she wrote “Birth,”
a play that tells their stories. Like Amanda, who yells “my body rocks!” through delivery; Vanessa and Janet, who want an epidural; Beth, who “loves her C-section;” Lisa, who says her C-section felt like “the death of me and my baby,” and Jillian, who's an expert on orgasmic birth (no shame in laughing loudly here). If you haven't gathered, there's an anti-hospital, pro-natural, home birth agenda at work here. The cast includes a lot of local stage veterans, like Angie Gilbert, Monica Clark-Robinson and Alanna Hamill Newton. The play runs again on Friday — same time, same place.