Mitzi's Abortion, Hostile Talk and Reasonable Discourse in An Argument Culture." Podcast: Live At Hales Segment 1 of 3
How do we talk about controversial subjects in a pluralistic age given to hostile talk and not reasonable discourse? Does theatre offer unique opportunities for more complex, multilayered viewpoints? The Kindlings Muse roundtable includes Elizabeth Heffron, playwright whose Mitzi's Abortion caused quite a stir in ACT Theatre's 2006 season. Also joining us are Pam Nolte, Seattle actor and co-founder of Taproot Theatre, and Dr. George Scranton, Theatre Professor at Seattle Pacific University. Here is the storyline as described by ACT Theatre. "Mitzi's Abortion is a surprising and compassionate play about a young woman confronting one of life's most difficult and deeply personal decisions in a system determined to make it a political one.Facing a surprise pregnancy, Mitzi embraces motherhood and a future with her baby's father. But when complications collide with deeply-held beliefs, insurance regulations, and varying reactions from those she loves, Mitzi's world is thrown into chaos. As her family and friends try to comfort her in the face of their own discomfort, Saint Thomas Aquinas and a 17th-century midwife join the fray to give Mitzi unexpected support. With humor and honesty, this stunning new play takes a multifaceted look at an extraordinarily powerful and contemporary question."
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