Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Coudesport, Pennsylvania

From Jane Metzger, Donna Batterson and Freda Fultz, a report on the International Women's Day screening in Coudesport, Pennsylvania: "Thank you for a most enjoyable afternoon. It was a cold and rainy Sunday. We screened the movie by using a projector hooked up to a dvd player. Age of participants ranged from 20s to 80s. There were several current and former OB nurses in attendance."

"Caitlin Hicks was awesome in the portrayal of three very different women. From the unbridled joy to the deep heartbreak and the strong affirmation of womanhood, she portrayed the depth of emotion with great emotion. Wow!"

"It was a difficult story to watch, at times almost too intense. It was the end of the movie before I realized that it was the same actor who portrayed the three women. She was simply incredible."

"I’m still processing the movie but I thought it was very well done and the Meg/Sara/Nicole actress was superb. I enjoyed meeting some new folks and reconnecting with women I already knew."

"I thought there were some good points in the movie but I was troubled by the way the medical profession was vilified. Overall men were not portrayed in a positive way except at the very beginning where the fathers were gamboling with their children."

Thank you for your comments about our film, Singing the Bones

As the playwright, I worked hard to portray the medical profession as accurately and respectfully as possible. In fact, Dr. Sara was compassionate and intelligent throughout the film - and for me, she represented the medical profession. She ultimately became the heroine of the story with her realization at the end.

In terms of the statement that men were not portrayed in a positive way, I have to say that in creating this story, I did not set out to make a balanced picture of all men and women in all situations. On television, (where most often women are admitted in a state of panic and fear about their labor), there are a lot of stories which leave the impression that both men and the medical profession are, by and large, competent and compassionate. I felt my story about one woman in particular, needed to be told - from a woman's point of view. In our years of touring this story internationally, I have met many women who have corroborated these stories with stories of their own.