This boat called my body

May 31st - June 17th
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 5:30 PM, Sundays @ 2 PM
at Palmisano Park

Directed by Quenna Lené Barrett + Nik Zaleski
Written by Quenna Lené Barrett, Christabel Donkor, Danielle Littman, Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, Clair Fuller + Nik Zaleski
Produced by Catherine Miller  

Centering stories of young people in Illinois who have terminated pregnancies, This Boat Called My Body seats audiences in a metaphor of islands that youth must navigate to access abortion. Through spectacle, dance, opera, and interaction with water, This Boat Called My Body asks us to better understand what reproductive access looks like for all. The play is being performed in partnership with the Chicago Park District.

Youth up to age 22 can get free tickets using code trustyouth at checkout!




Take a listen to some of the stories we collected from young people about their experiences ending their pregnancies.

We're still collecting stories from Illinoisans under age 24 who have ended pregnancies or thought about ending pregnancies. We believe that these stories must be heard, especially in light of the national political climate and the 2013 enforcement of the Parental Notification for Abortion Act in Illinois. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing your story, please contact Anna at or text 773-599-1063. We will provide a $25 Visa Gift Card for an hour of your time. We are happy to interview you at a place of your choosing, or at ICAH’s office: 719 S State St., Chicago, IL.

Prefer to share virtually? Click here.



Love Letters to Youth

In February, we invited you to write letters to youth who've had abortions. They'll form part of an installation at our upcoming performances of This Boat Called My Body, and they'll be shared with the young people who shared their stories with us.



This Boat Called My Body is part of For Youth Inquiry Performance Company's 2nd Annual Public Season of original work. Learn more about FYI here.