Vitae Monologues Presents the Heart-Wrenching Aftermath of Abortion for Women

Theatre at its best explores the depth of the human experience, showcasing both tragedy and triumph in well-chosen words and spellbinding performances. But it is a rare thing indeed for a modern play to accurately portray the trauma that is abortion. The Vitae Monologues does just that, piecing together the real-life testimonies of women and men who have gone through the agony of the abortion experience. It’s hard not to be moved, seeing the anguish of a woman doubled over in emotional pain, or a man cradling an invisible baby. I had a chance to view the Vitae Monologues for the first time in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania as part of the play’s current East Coast tour. The cast consists of just two people — Jeremy and Sarah Stanbary, a husband-and-wife team who brilliantly capture the heartache that comes with abortion. Jeremy and Sarah manage to create a number of entirely believable characters who are trying to deal with the emotional fallout from their abortions. The biggest on-stage prop is a projection screen on which scenes are played out which further aid the playgoer in vicariously experiencing the aftermath of abortion. As one playgoer states on the production company’s web site: “This is wrenching and powerful stuff. I walked out of the auditorium feeling like I’d been turned inside out. Several people were sniffling. I was wiping tears away…I would never use the word ‘play’ in referring to ‘The Vitae Monologues’. ‘Play’ doesn’t fit. This is drama – and even that word seems weak. These are real stories. You will hear them. They will speak to you. It’s real.” The production...