The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Moma Baby God at Smith College!

Take a cupcake, put on a name tag, and prepare to be thrown into the world of the Christian Right, where sexual purity workshops and anti-abortion rallies are sandwiched between karaoke sing-alongs and pro-life slumber parties. Choices for Life Crisis Pregnancy Center is hosting the Students for Life of America conference, and right-wing teenagers are vying for popularity while preparing for political battle. 

Our tour guide is fifteen-year-old Jessica Beth Giffords, an endearing and overly-caffeinated pro-life activist with two life goals: 1) Marry Justin Bieber, and 2) Become the next It-Girl of the Christian Right. She does pretty well until she meets John Paul, a flirtatious Christian boy sporting a purity ring, and struggles to contain her own sexual feelings while surrounded by the “pre-marital sex=death” mantra of the Students for Life conference. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, MOM BABY GOD is a darkly comedic exploration of American girl culture amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights. 
Developed by actor and activist Madeline Burrows with director Emma Weinstein and designer Allison Smartt, this popular nationally touring show manages to bring out audiences of feminist activists, theater lovers, and Catholic missionaries alike. MOM BABY GOD is a rare night at the theater that is both thought-provoking and smashingly entertaining.

Location: Halle Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts 

Smith College Sponsors: The Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Department of Theatre, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Center for Community Collaboration, Wurtele Center for Work & Life 

Additional Sponsors: The Northampton Arts Council

7:30 PM 
No reservations necessary. Tickets are free! We recommend coming at least 30 minutes before the start time.

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