This boat called my body

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 was performed in partnership with the Chicago Park District.




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



Love Letters to Youth

In February, we invited you to write letters to youth who've had abortions. They formed part of an installation at our performances of This Boat Called My Body.



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.