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A play inspired by the founder of Planned Parenthood, going up at FringeNYC! IT'S ON.
Monica Byrne
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New York, New York
United States
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Hi! I'm Monica, a writer and playwright. I wrote a play inspired by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. The show debuted in Durham, North Carolina, to sold-out houses and rave reviews. After every performance, people came up to me and said:

“This play needs to be out there. Now.”

Why now? Because in the last two years, women’s health services--especially Planned Parenthood--have faced and continue to face a surge of unprecedented legislative attacks. Given this, we need to give cultural answers as well as political ones. My play is about the world that is possible when young women have sovereignty over their bodies, and the reality they face when they don’t.

Independent productions of the play are underway in Austin, Berkeley, and Portland. Meanwhile, under the name The Order of St. Margaret Sanger, my creative partner Jaki Bradley and I were accepted to the New York International Fringe Festival, which attracts an audience of 75,000. The extraordinary musician Amanda Palmer gave us permission to use her music in the production. Now we go up in five weeks, and we need your help to produce it.

Jaki and I are working for free and absorbing the costs of rent in the city, but producing at the Fringe still requires a big chunk of change to pay for publicity, rehearsal space, stipends, and other expenses. See below for a full breakdown.


Here is our incredible cast and creative team:

Theresa. Danielle Beckmann.

Anne. Maggie Raymond.

Joan. C.C. Kellogg.

Lucy. Emma Meltzer.

Director. Jaki Bradley.

Playwright. Monica Byrne.

Producer. Brandon Smithey.

Stage Manager. Kate Sylvester.

Publicist. Lanie Zipoy.

Fundraiser. Sarah Dell’Orto.

Choreographers. Jeff and Ricky Kuperman.

Designer. Rebecca Buck.


Here are direct links to buy tickets: 

8/15: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=fringenyc&eventId=3720454

8/18: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=fringenyc&eventId=3720464

8/20: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=fringenyc&eventId=3720484

8/23: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=fringenyc&eventId=3720494

8/24: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=fringenyc&eventId=3720514


And here is our budget:


*Any excess funds will first be used to pay our cast and crew more per person in addition to the stipends listed above, up to $150 each, after which the director and playwright will receive payment at the same maximum amount ($254), after which future productions of What Every Girl Should Know will be funded, including the forthcoming productions in Berkeley, Portland and Austin, and a possible international production at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Thank you for reading! And if you're interested in the art-related perks, see below for our Etsy partners' work, and examples of my work. 


Margaret Sanger cuff bracelet by Sarah Wood Jewelry:

Cuff Bracelet


Scapular by Heather St. Hilaire (image of Margaret Sanger):



Original Poster Art for What Every Girl Should Know:

WEGSK Original Poster


Art for the FringeNYC program ad:

FringeNYC Ad


Sign for PACZ Tours, San Ignacio, Belize:

Sign for PACZ


O is for Owl, Illuminated Letter Series:

O is for Owl


H is for Henna, Illuminated Letter Series:

H is for Henna


E is for Estrellas, Illuminated Letter Series:

E is for Estrellas

(Last three photos by Allie Mullin.)

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  • $1USD

    IndieGogo wouldn't let us put $0, but we're serious--we know money can be tight. Good wishes are real and truly appreciated. We'll thank you on our web site, saintmargaretsanger.com, for your support.

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  • $5USD

    You'll get updates from the playwright, including contributor-only photos and short videos from the casting room and rehearsal process. Also, we're ordering ridiculous novelty condoms with Monica's original artwork on them. You get TWO of them. Because more protected sex > less protected sex.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD

    In addition to sending updates, Monica will write you a postcard--with art created by her especially for this production--from the rehearsal room at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, with juicy behind-the-scenes details.

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  • $15USD

    You'll get the contributor-only updates, a Margaret Sanger novelty condom, AND a postcard from the rehearsal room at Triskelion Arts. Which is bound to be very sweaty in August.

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  • $20USD

    This is a KILLER deal: you'll get a ticket to one of the first two performances at FringeNYC (normally $18.75)--featuring the music of Amanda Palmer, a killer cast and a killer design team--and in addition, for that wee $1.25 more, you'll also get the special contributor-only updates, a postcard from the playwright written in the rehearsal room, and a novelty condom. You guys. Jump on this.

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  • $25USD

    With this contribution, you'll get updates, a novelty Margaret Sanger condom, and a DVD of the show which we'll hire a professional videographer to shoot at the Fringe.

    42 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50USD

    In addition to contributor-only updates, you'll receive an awesome handmade Margaret Sanger cuff bracelet designed by Sarah Wood Jewelry, our partner at Etsy, in an organza gift bag. I'm getting one to wear at the premiere. They're hot.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $75USD
    THE BFF.

    In addition to contributor-only updates, you'll receive a handwritten letter from a far-flung locale of your choosing--a la the characters in What Every Girl Should Know--folded and written as if by a 12-year-old girl (S.W.A.K), who may or may not be Monica's alter ego. If you provide a code name, she may "come across" that person and assassinate them in an interesting way. CODE NAMES ONLY. Honey badger don't like lawsuits.

    4 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $125USD

    Monica will not only write you a custom letter from a far-flung locale, but perform it for you on location in a video to be posted online. Choose from Durham, New York City, Berkeley, Austin, or Chicago...or somewhere she will *PRETEND* to be.

    5 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $175USD

    In addition to contributor-only updates, you get a handwritten letter, either delivered via post or performed online...PLUS that cuff bracelet you're still thinking about.

    0 out of 15 claimed
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  • $200USD

    See to the left! In addition to contributor-only updates, you get a custom-made scapular--a traditional necklace Catholics have historically worn for protection and identification--with an image of Margaret Sanger designed by Monica and made by Etsy designer Heather St. Hilaire. Each image is framed by beautiful gold flakes, silver flakes, or copper flakes set by hand, and each pendant is encased in crystal clear resin and plated in either silver or yellow gold.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $300USD

    Look to the left of this column! Monica will make you a custom stained-glass-style portrait using the very highest-quality Copic brand materials, using any picture you choose, or of anyone you choose--a personal hero or an actual saint. If you prefer, she can also make an illuminated letter or monogram from her Etsy shop (scroll down a little further). Unframed.

    1 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD

    Monica will make a custom stained-glass-style portrait or illuminated letter for you using the finest Copic brand materials, AND have it framed for you by the fabulous Arete Frame and Gallery of Durham, North Carolina.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000USD

    You not only get your choice of any one reward over the $100 mark and any two rewards under the $100 mark, but lunch or dinner with the director, playwright and cast during or after the Fringe Festival, between August 16-27. We'd love to meet you, kick back with you and dish about art! (Other topics may include feminism, travel, and the damnable heat.)

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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