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PRELUDE Festival 2023


axes, herbs and satchels

Melissa Moschitto/The Anthropologists



30 minutes

7:30PM EST

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Rooted in the history and embodied wisdom of doulas and midwives, "axes, herbs and satchels" is a celebration of traditional knowledge held in the Black birth worker community and a potent examination of maternal mortality.

Early development of this play was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Content / Trigger Description:

Please be advised that this showing contains descriptions, depictions, and language surrounding maternal mortality, racism toward the Black birthing body, infant mortality, descriptions of birth and various medical procedures. If you need to step out, please be aware of your exits and take care of your health. 

The Anthropologists is dedicated to the collaborative creation of investigative theatre that inspires action. Fusing research, expressive movement, and rigorous dramaturgy, we create dynamic plays rooted in social inquiry. We use theatre to engage with challenging questions, to re-contextualize the present
and reimagine our collective future. Founded in 2008.

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