FEMelanin will play an integral role in the workshopping process of new play La Operación [Working Title], helping to develop characters and movement vocabulary of the world of the play, with first eyes on the script in 2016.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: Today, 65-plus years after the Puerto Rican elite first implemented the systematic sterilization of Puerto Rican women as a complement to Operation Bootstrap, PR women in their early 20s think “la operación” (so-called because of the commonplace nature of sterilization) is the best form of birth control–& that it can be reversed. This project is a play about our history: the calculated spread of misinformation, an all-too-familiar political agenda of anti-knowledge linked to economics, racist eugenics and classism. The cost? PR women’s rights, bodies, families–even spirits.
Drawing initial inspiration from La Operación, a documentary film by Ana María García & Matters of Choice: Puerto Rican Women's Struggle for Reproductive Freedom, a book by Iris Lopez, the play seeks to uncover & cast light upon the lives and sterilization experiences of PR women. The playwrights will strive for a generational lens: after years of relying on sterilization, the PR community accepts and even embraces the procedure. Though told through a fictional lens–the creators' crafts are theatre & writing–the storytelling of the play La Operación is based in both empirical and anecdotal fact.