Gravi D's Daughter, a production
company of two, Dana Gerringer and Kara L.C. Jones, was conceived when
grief got tired of tears, slipped and fell on it's behind, and landed
in a pile of humor. "maxi-pads, angels, and other winged things
. . . " is a piece full of poetry, life altering grief bombs, and
two everyday alchemists turning the worst life has to offer into angelic
matter and other winged things."
Gravi D's Daughter
This company will continue to produce performances of this play as long as there is demand for this kind of expressive art. We hope to raise awareness about the reality of loss, long term grief, our society's inability to support bereaved parents, and about Thanatology (sometimes spelled Thanantology) which is the study of death and dying as well as the ethics of grief. We hope to do this without preaching or politics, but instead with love, laughter, and the grief & healing experience that brought us together for this work in the first place.
These kinds of loss tend to be very silent losses. Parents experiencing stillbirth are often told they had a fetus, not a child. They often don't get birth certificates. Family and friends sometimes don't get that this baby was REAL for the parents. Parents experiencing abortion are absolutely forbidden in our culture to experience and/or express grief. They are implicitly and explicitly told that they chose this, so too bad-- a version of "you madeyour bed, now lie in it." In both situations, the parents often end up "in the closet" about their experiences.
But none of the "closeting" nor the minimizations of the child involved change the fact that these parents experience grief. It is our ethical responsibility as a society and as individuals to provide support for the long term grieving and healing processes as they are expressed by each and every family who must endure the loss of a child. We will offer the play script in pdf format soon.
As more performances are sponsored and produced, we'll offer you a schedule here.
How can I
arrange for this play to be performed for my organization?
We offer this play in workshop format as follows:
Thanatology Awareness Performance and Workshop
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