Saturday: Breeastfeeding Hits the Stage!
We (I and nine others, mostly homeschooling kids and adults) are putting on a show in a big theatre in NYC this Saturday. A major theme is breastfeeding, especially the reactions of others to my nursing in public (I was fairly discreet, but I still got lots of questions and comments). To get a feel for the tone of the show, click on the first link in the press release below - it will take you to a poem of mine that was on the Mothering.com website. Hope some of you can make it to the show (and please re-post this on any relevant e-list or board)!
Breastfeeding Hits the Stage, June 14!
(Along with Co-Sleeping, Babywearing and Baby Sign Language)
Who would have thought that writing about her son’s first (unconventional) two years of life would win Elsa Haas a $1,000 literary prize - plus the chance to put on a show (“Wearing My Baby: A Stone Age Mommy on Staten Island”) in a magnificent, 2,800-seat, restored 1929 theatre, only a 25-minute free ferry ride, plus a ten-minute walk, from Manhattan?
If you choose baby slings, breastfeeding and a (carefully-prepared) king-sized bed over strollers, playpens, bottles and cribs, do you get a happier baby who cries less and doesn’t suffer from insomnia? And is Jean Liedloff, an observer of tribal cultures, right in that our civilization’s woes stem in part from how we treat our babies?
In 1975, Liedloff’s The Continuum Concept proposed that parents in our culture consider doing like the natives (she had lived amongst the Yequana of Venezuela, stumbling into observations of their way of life after joining a failed diamond-hunting expedition).
Haas first read Liedloff’s book in 1985 after “dropping out” of college to work at a homeschooling magazine. It was only in 1999 that her son was born, and by that time a babywearing subculture had grown up around books by Liedloff and others (including Dr. William Sears, M.D.).
Babywearing often goes hand in hand with co-sleeping, about which there has been controversy. Safety tips on co-sleeping will be handed out with the playbills. Baby sign language, which helped Haas’ son Tyler (now 9, and excited to be in the show) communicate back in the days when his “cheese”, “juice” and “shoes” all sounded alike, is also a theme in the show. Most of the performers are homeschooling kids or parents.
You can read one of the poems that won Haas the literary award at this link on the website of Mothering Magazine: http://www.mothering.com/sections/poems/reality.html
Mention of Support: Summerfest is a series of FREE exhibits and performances by Staten Island artists, presented by the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI). Summerfest Literary and Exhibiting Excellence in the Arts Awards are made possible through JPMorganChase.
“Wearing my Baby”, a FREE show, is at the St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street on Staten Island, on Saturday, June 14, at 10AM. (The ferry, a free 25-minute ride, leaves from Lower Manhattan. The Theatre is a ten-minute walk from the ferry terminal. If you take the 9AM ferry you’ll be early and if you take the 9:30AM ferry you’ll be just in time, because the doors open at least by 10AM and the show starts at about 10:15AM.) Hands-on pre-show exhibit. Family-friendly (sound piped out to glass-doored lobby in case of restlessness).
Blurb about show, with photo: http://www.freesummerfest.org/Literary_Artists.html
(the show is not listed because the space is donated to the sponsoring organization, but you can see the lavish interior of the theatre and get directions here – click on “Contact Us” to see the directions). For more info (or to volunteer): ElsaHaas@si.rr.com