Sure, the specific stories of childbirth in India may be different than the play – healthcare systems vary and economics always play a role in how birth unfolds – but to her the play embodied the flat-out truth about how women in India who give birth are often coerced when they’re in labor and delivering.
They would email me saying that they could not find the exact birth story of the woman in their community.
This play won't work in our community.
And push-like-a-lioness they did.
About 18 months ago I was approached by the producers of BIRTH in Quebec (called NAISSANCE, a French version of the play). They had already pushed NAISSANCE out in 2010 to great reviews in Montreal and Quebec.
A bigger baby.
Cue: Salsa dancer.
Cue: Woman kick boxing on the steps of the Supreme Court.
They got lots of press.
Cue: big mama hugs.