Johnson, Linnea (American writer, playwright, 1946-____), “Could Be You,” a 38-minute drama in English in eight scenes, set in 1970, 2001,
• © 2001 by Linnea Johnson; • script/rights available from Linnea Johnson, 228 Mill Creek Road, Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530-9451, U.S.A., e-mail Linnea@fast.net, telephone (home) 610-683-3515, (work) 610-683-3515. • Cited by Linnea Johnson via ftp August 10, 2001; Johnson says,
§ Dramatis Persona Lydia Johannes (f), 25, 55, an active feminist.
§ Synopsis “Scene 1 is the 1970s phone message women seeking abortions would first encounter. Scene 2 is a 1970 N.O.W. meeting, at which Lydia asks Marian (unseen), “Is there anything real happening for women in Chicago?” Scene 3 is Marian’s call to Lydia, inviting her to a real meeting. Scene 4 is a Pro and Anti Choice panel of the 1970s. Scene 5 is Lydia call to Susan, a woman (unseen) who is seeking an abortion. Scene 6 is Lydia explaining the abortion procedure to Susan, in Lydia’s living room. Scene 7 is Lydia today recalling her introduction to the Jane women in 1970. Scene 8 is today’s ‘message’ to women seeking abortions: ‘We did it ourselves and so can you !’
§ Comment “‘Could Be You’ is a one-character one act play in eight scenes, which is based on the activities of Jane, the Chicago underground abortion group active between the late 1960s and the mid-1970s, and affiliated with the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (CWLU). • ‘Could Be You’ is an eminently portable play that could be produced simply as a reading or produced more elaborately following stage directions/suggestions. The play is in the text. It’s art! It’s politics! It’s herstory! It’s an organizing tool! It’s brand new (9/2001), and as of that date has zero production history.” • Linnea Johnson is a former “Jane.” • Research could include Laura Kaplan’s book, The Story of Jane, The Legendary Undergrond Feminist Abortion Service (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1997), ISBN 0226424219, LCCN 96039768, 314 pp., originally published: New York : Pantheon Books,1995, includes bibliographical references and index. • Also, research could include Jane: Abortion and the Underground, http://www.enteract.com/~bower/paulakamen/jane3.html, accessed August 10, 2001. • Also, research could include Jane: An Abortion Service, a documentary by Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy, http://burn.ucsd.edu/archives/ats-l/1995.Dec/0010.html, accessed August 10, 2001.
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(the feminist underground abortion service that was run by women in the
Chicago area from 1969-1973, pre Roe
v. Wade), legality, underground.
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