Jessi Blue Gormezano, an American Records Co. Member, received a commission from Advocates for Youth, a DC based non-profit, to write a documentary play about experiences with abortion care. This play received an eight city national tour in the summer of 2016.
Remarkably Normal moves past the noise of the current political climate and focuses on the people who receive and provide abortion care. One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Exclusively composed of interviews and stories submitted to the 1 in 3 Campaign, this play is soulful, funny, and at times challenging. Remarkably Normal reveals the stories behind the statistics.
From an interview in Colorado Youth Matter: "The play was a meaningful, timely wake-up call...it emphatically honored the range of experiences that people have."
From a review in Texas Observer: "The play gives its audience the chance to rise above the political fray and to focus on the personal, putting voices to a powerful number: One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime. As one actor declares toward the end of show: “There’s no good abortions or bad abortions. There’s just abortions, and people need them.”
From an editorial by Assistant Director, Taylor Reynolds for MTV News: "The tour is over, but I still don’t have a definitive answer about what I’d do if I had an unplanned pregnancy. What I do know is that it’s my decision, and if anyone ever tries to argue with me, I’m going to quote this line from Remarkably Normal: "It is my basic human right to control, plan, and choose the size of my family. … I don’t feel like that’s self-indulgence. That’s self-preservation."