Moderate Woo
 

The Motherhood Project

 
 

What don’t we know about motherhood in America? We are on a mission to unearth buried stories, reclaim our collective history, and share our story in a way that radically shifts the dominant cultural narrative surrounding motherhood in America.

“Las Hermanas” by Sarah Greenman

“Las Hermanas” by Sarah Greenman

 
 

PROJECTED TIMELINE for THE MOTHERHOOD PROJECT

 
Timeline subject to change.

Timeline subject to change.

Phase 1 - COLLECT

 
 
“This Way” by Sarah Greenman

“This Way” by Sarah Greenman

Moderate Woo is already engaged in a national listening tour, collecting stories and recording interviews. With a deep focus on intersectional inclusion, Moderate Woo honors individual agency and amplifies collective imagination.

In this phase of The Motherhood Project, we are using a structured inquiry process inspired by the work of Tectonic Theatre Project, Anna Deavere Smith, Cornerstone Theater Company, and Story Circles from Roadside Theater. We create space for interviewees to self-reveal on their own terms and in their own voices.

Our interview pool is very diverse and includes individuals who possess lived experiences of birth, adoption, miscarriage, IVF, child-free by choice, trans and non-binary parenthood, infant death, border-crossing with and without children, sterilization, forced-adoptions, CPS, foster-care, incarceration, and more.

Would you like to be interviewed? Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis through August 2019. Please contact us. We’re here for you!

 

Phase 2 - BUILD

 
 

In August 2019, the Moderate Woo team will convene for a week in Pittsburgh, PA to kick off Phase TWO of The Motherhood Project. Phase TWO will consist of transcribing interviews, synthesizing material, and identifying gaps in the collective narratives. This deep-dive assessment may launch a new round of interviews or a series of community round-table discussions.

Script construction will begin following the team retreat in Pittsburgh and will continue through the fall and winter of 2019. The first draft of the script will be ready for a second convening in Pittsburgh. This gathering will be hosted at Carnegie Mellon University during the spring semester of 2020. Moderate Woo will facilitate a process that includes a curated group of community partners, grantors, students, interviewees, local motherhood communities, fellow artists, and sponsors. Those gathered will participate in a round-table reading of The Motherhood Project followed by a facilitated talk-back and Q&A panel. The gathering will also likely include breakout sessions with collaborators, grantors, and community partners.

The Motherhood Project script will enter a re-writing phase based on new information and feedback from the convening in Pittsburgh. A new draft of the script will be ready for Phase THREE by May 2020.

“Scryers” by Sarah Greenman

“Scryers” by Sarah Greenman

 

Phase 3 - SHARE

 
 
“Walk With Us” by Sarah Greenman

“Walk With Us” by Sarah Greenman

The Motherhood Project workshop production will occur in the Summer of 2020 in Eugene, OR. Casting for the Eugene workshop is tentatively scheduled to take place in May of 2020. The cast will include Oregon-based actors and community partners.

The Moderate Woo team will be in Eugene in July 2020 for a one month residency which will culminate in a public workshop production. The audience will include community partners, grantors, students, interviewees, local motherhood communities, fellow artists, and sponsors. Each performance will be followed by a facilitated talk-back.

This workshop production will serve as a launch point for The Motherhood Project. Arts leaders and artistic directors considering The Motherhood Project for inclusion in their 2021 seasons will be on hand to view the piece and engage with the Moderate Woo creative team.

 

Phase 4 - LAUNCH

 
 

Phase 4 is The Motherhood Project World Premier. Moderate Woo’s production will be ready for inclusion in 2021 seasons across the nation. This is when the creative team, completed script, and marketing are all in place and ready for a professional production.

The Motherhood Project will thrive in traditional theaters, but it may also take place in other liminal spaces such as art galleries, public buildings, shelters, or even the halls of Congress.

Interested in bringing The Motherhood Project to your community in 2021? Please contact us!


“Pink Sari Gang” by Sarah Greenman

“Pink Sari Gang” by Sarah Greenman

 
 

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 
 
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Do you have a story to tell?

 
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