Back in early November of 2016, Theatre Prometheus was trying to choose between several strong, gripping stories for our Fringe play. We were split on which to choose.
And then… the election happened. I woke up the next morning feeling, as so many of us did, shocked and overwhelmed, desperate to do something, but feeling that there was nothing I could do. But then I thought of Abortion Road Trip, and I emailed our team. The response was almost immediate: everyone poured out their fears, and their anger, and their determination, but with a common theme: Yes. I’m in. Let’s do this. And I felt more hopeful in that moment than I would have thought possible.
You don’t know it yet, but Abortion Road Trip is the comedy that you really, really need. We at Theatre Prometheus unanimously chose this play for our season because it talks about many issues that we care about — not just abortion, but race and queerness too — and somehow finds a way to make us laugh about them. Laughter is a powerful tool: laughing together creates empathy and understanding, gives us strength, and makes us feel less alone. It also destabilizes the status quo by removing fear and intimidation from our struggles.
Abortion doesn’t have to be tragic. It doesn’t have to be “the most difficult choice a woman can make.”
Sometimes it can be funny.
Sometimes it can be serious.
Sometimes the choice is easy, or nuanced, or exactly right.
Our power as artists lies in the choices we make about the stories we want to tell. And now, right now, we think we all need a comedy about abortion.
Tracey Erbacher is a founding member and artistic director of Theatre Prometheus, a DC-based company with a focus on diverse and under-represented narratives. She has a passion for fierce, feminist theater, including re-imaginings of classic texts and the development of new work. Current and upcoming credits include Abortion Road Trip (2017 Capital Fringe Festival), Exquisite Depths (Source Festival), LezPlay Screen and Stageplay Contest (Judge, Film FreeWay Chicago), and Queer One Page Play Festival (Judge, Director, OutWrite/Theatre Prometheus). Other credits with Theatre Prometheus include The Second Coming of Joan of Arc (2015 Capital Fringe Festival), [all lady] Macbeth (2016), and [gay] Cymbeline (2017). She has worked with many DC theaters, including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and NuSass productions.