A repeat performance of the play “Birth,” organized by the local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, will be presented tonight at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
ICAN and the play’s cast and crew were encouraged to stage a second show following the success of their first performance on Oct. 2. The play, written by Karen Brody, is based on more than 100 interviews conducted with women who gave birth between 2000 and 2004. Eight of those stories are presented on stage by local actresses and volunteers Paige McGuan, Lily Hope, Harmony Armstrong, Tamara Buffalo, Diane Cathcart, Sophie Lager, Jesse Higdon and SueAnn Randall. Of these eight women, seven are mothers and three are currently pregnant.
Patricia Hull directs.
ICAN, founded in 1982, is an international nonprofit that was created to help promote VBACs, to help prevent unnecessary cesareans through eduction, and to support cesarean recovery. Local ICAN members said they hope the play, a fundraiser for the group, will help raise awareness of the birth options available to local mothers and to help promote “mother-friendly” experiences for women in childbirth. The group meets monthly in Juneau and can be reached at ICANofJuneau@yahoo.com.
Tickets for Thursday’s performance will be available at the door.