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What Kind of Woman (formally titled Committed Citizen) began development in 2016 when real-life actress and personal organizer, Abbe Tanenbaum was working with a client in New York City. While organizing paperwork, they uncovered twenty letters from women seeking abortions in the 1970’s. These original letters are the inspiration for this play. 
 
Over the following years, Abbe has written and rewritten the play more times than she can count, gathering a steady tribe of supporters along the way. The first exploration took place at PACA in Erie, PA followed by a reading with B-Side Salon Series in NYC. It’s been part of Somehow 9am Productions development program since 2020 and has been awarded an Abortion Conversation Projects grant for its international workshop. What Kind of Woman was featured in Culture Night Belfast 2020 on behalf of Alliance for Choice. In July of 2021, it had an overwhelmingly well-received public workshop with American Theatre Northwest in Washington state. 
 
As Tanenbaum’s inaugural play continues to gain momentum and is currently being produced by Off the Wall Productions in conjunction with Nancy Manocherian's The Cell Theatre to be workshopped internationally and culminate in an Off-Broadway run in October/November 2022

 

A story of empowerment and the choices we make, for better or worse.  

​When aging feminist and lifelong 'collector', Nora gets a final opportunity to reconnect with her estranged son, she hires personal organizer and struggling actress Anne to whip her apartment into shape for his visit. But letting go of the past to make space for the present isn’t always straightforward.

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Development History:

  • Off-Broadway Run - with Off the Wall Productions and Nancy Manocherian's The Cell Theatre - October/November 2022

  • Workshop with Off the Wall Productions and Nancy Manocherian's The Cell Theatre - March 2022

  • Workshop with Off the Wall Productions (Akureyri, Iceland) - November 2021
     

  • Workshop with American Theatre Northwest (Dir Jessica Bashline) - July 2021

  • Digital Reading - March 2021

  • Digital Development and Workshop Reading (Dir Jessica Bashline) - September 2020

  • Winner - Abortion Conversation Projects Grant - August 2020

  • Shortlisted - The Lyric Theatre (Belfast, NI) New Playwrights Program - May 2018

  • Reading B-Side salon Series - August 2017

  • 6 performance run at Performing Artist Collective Alliance (Erie, PA) - April 2017

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