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March 14, 2022 at 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Haymarket House

The Billboard: A Play About Abortion Book Launch and Discussion

Join playwright Natalie Y. Moore and director TaRon Patton for a performance and discussion from The Billboard: A Play About Abortion.

Haymarket House

Haymarket House, 800 West Buena Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


Monday, March 14th, 7:30 pm ET

The Billboard is about a fictional Black women’s clinic in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side and its fight with a local gadfly running for City Council who puts up a provocative billboard: “Abortion is genocide. The most dangerous place for a Black child is his mother’s womb,” spurring on the clinic to fight back with their own provocative sign: “Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves. Abortion is self-care. #Trust Black Women.”

As a play and book, The Billboard is a cultural force that treats abortion as more than pro-life or pro-choice.

Join us for a limited-capacity in-person book launch event and discussion featuring a performance from The Billboard and a conversation with playwright Natalie Y. Moore and director TaRon Patton. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for those attending in person. For those attending in-person doors will open at 6 PM.

The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in-person. Closed captioning will be available for the livestream.

Order your copy of The Billboard for 30% off here.



Natalie Y. Moore is an award winning Chicago-based author and journalist and author of The Billboard: A Play About Abortion. Her last book, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, won the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction. She is a 2021 USA Fellow and the Pulitzer Center named her a 2020 Richard C. Longworth Media Fellow for international reporting.

TaRon Patton has been a Congo Square Theater ensemble member for 20 years. She is currently the CEO of GLP PRODUCTIONS, INC and just recently returned to the stage: Her Honor Mayor Byrne (Lookingglass Theater) after serving 4 years as Executive Director for Congo Square. She is also the Co-Founding Executive Director of the African American Museum of the Performing Arts.