Jessi Blue Gormezano
Remarkably Normal by Jessi Blue Gormezano
Commissioned by Advocates for Youth
A documentary play about contemporary experiences with abortion care. Remarkably Normal received an eight city national tour in the summer of 2016 produced by Advocates for Youth.
"By listening, we find common ground ― maybe not initially ― but eventually it emerges and that’s where we really start to unlock our empathy and compassion. The more we can see ourselves in someone we may disagree with, the harder it is to vilify or stigmatize them."
The conversations sparked by Remarkably Normal are creating an outlet for women, an avenue to discuss a facet of our lives that we are implicitly taught to keep secret.
The play gives its audience the chance to rise above the political fray and to focus on the personal, putting voices to a powerful number. As one character says, “There are no good abortions or bad abortions. There’s just abortions, and people need them."
"It’s a very divisive topic. I am not interested in telling anyone what to think. This is not a public service announcement, it’s a play...art can open minds in a way that goes beyond slogans and statistics."