Although controversial by virtue of name, The Abortion Monologues hasn’t faced much of the backlash expected by organizers, according to the show’s publicist.
After a successful premiere in the U.S., The Abortion Monologues hits Mount Royal University Thursday night for a soldout show to tell the abortion stories of 19 women, spokesperson Juliet Burgess said.
“As far as controversy goes, as soon as you have the word ‘abortion’ in anything, people will have opinions, and sometimes loud ones,” Burgess said.
“This play doesn’t hope to spark controversy. Going into this, I expected there to be a bit more of a fight trying to get the word out about it. Calgary itself hasn’t shown us any direct resistance.”
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t those who may disagree with the topic, she added.
MRU’s security will be the same as it would be for any performance, but officials will be ready to deal with any incidents, Burgess said.
Melanie Popowich plans to attend the show and said she isn’t offended by the topic.
“I think this isn’t about saying yes it’s right, or no it’s wrong. The show is about these women’s individual experiences from their point of view and what they went through,” she said.