BOLD 2008 Duluth, Minnesota 037

We’re answering your questions here about play…but if you’ve got another just email the BOLD team and we’ll help you out.

Q. I really want to organize a production of the play, but I have zero producing experience and a ridiculously busy life. Does it make any sense to even consider doing this?

OMBOLDness, you’re not alone. At least 75% of the people who organize a BOLD performance have never produced a play. In fact, some have never even attended live theater beyond their high school play.

We believe you can do this, but the key is for you to believe it.

Ask yourself this: did you see the play or read about it and get a feeling in your gut like, Oooh, I wanna do this! ?

If so, you’re qualified to be BOLD!

The best people who produce this play are the ones who hear a whisper somewhere in their soul that says YES…I want to do something totally different in my community that will get people talking about birth and move them to action.

If that YES is asking you to be BOLD then we know you can produce this play.

Q. I’m freaking out a bit. How specifically do I produce a play? I mean, what are the things that need to get done to make something like this happen?

First, breathe. You can do it! Deep down you know that you were born to be BOLD, right?

There are specific tasks that must get done to make a production like this happen, but remember you can make this production as big or small as you like.

Some people have done this play at their kitchen tables. Others have found professional directors and done it in a big fancy theater. There is no right way to produce the play.

We encourage you to VISION first. What kind of production do you want to have? How much money do you want to raise?

Here’s a bucket list of typical to-dos:

  • Find sponsors to cover costs. If you want to raise lots of money then you’ve got to find sponsors
  • Find a director. Ask at your local community theater. Or be BOLD and go to a bigger theater and see who bites. You never know
  • Hold auditions for actors. Copy scripts
  • Find rehearsal space to rehearse!
  • Organize outreach to get media attention
  • Imagine the day of the event and how you want it to look like, feel, who should be there
  • Contact people you think could be on a BOLD Talkback panel after the show to talk about the birth issues

Communities have organized the play in 4 weeks and some have worked on it for months.

It doesn’t matter how much time you decide to dedicate, just that you commit to doing it. If we’re going to change the culture of birth we need people out there being BOLD in their community, and this play is a super-BOLD-liscious way to move your community into action!

Q. It looks like there are 8 characters in the play. Is that how many actors I’ll need?

At a minimum you will need 8 actors because there are 8 main characters. But many productions like to have at least one or two other actors to help play multiple smaller roles like birth partners, doctors, midwives, and nurses.

So we’d say 8-10 characters are the normal range of actors needed.

Q. I’m confused about how much it’s going to cost to do this. We don’t have a lot of money.

Your only expense due to BOLD is to purchase a BOLD Performance Package. Check out Host a Performance for what that includes. For communities the cost is $250, for universities the cost is $500. This licensing fee allows you to perform the play up to 6 times in one year. If you want to perform more than that, please contact us.

After that expenses will vary depending on the size of your production. Typically, these are the biggest expenses:

  • Photocopying the script for 8 (or more if you include a couple of minor actors and crew)
  • Graphic design for program and a poster
  • Printing costs for the program
  • Drinks and snacks for the actors while they are rehearsing

Many of our locations get sponsors to cover these costs so ticket sales all income for your birthy cause.

Q. Can we donate our ticket sales to any cause?

BOLD requires you to donate all ticket sales to organizations and causes that support changing the culture of birth. Birth centers, birth networks, and programs that provide free doulas to low income women are a few examples. If you have any doubt contact us.

Q. Please explain the difference between the fee for communities versus the University fee. We may go perform the play at a university.

The university fee is just for college professors or students who want to bring the play onto their campus. The fee includes unlimited use of the play by the license holder so it can be used in multiple classroom settings and anywhere else on campus year after year for learning purposes. The university fee also includes a DVD of the play so the play can be shown to students both as a live performance and by video in the classroom.

If you are not a professor or student group, but live near a university and would like to perform the play on a nearby campus you can pay the community fee.

Q. I’m sure the playwright and founder of BOLD Karen Brody is too busy to come to our event. Right?

Karen loves making it to BOLD locations to speak before and after the play. Typically she only travels if invited to speak publicly or teach a workshop. We encourage you to check out her website to see how Karen’s changing the world beyond BOLD.

If you want to contact Karen to travel to your location contact the BOLD team.

Q. I don’t want to organize the play now, but I want to be BOLD. In fact, I know I’m BOLD!

Woot! Woot!

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You also might want to think about taking a BOLD course with us. Birth workers and activists are doing summersaults over our courses!