The Stork Files

The Stork Files: True Stories of Adoption, Abortion, and Having No Choice

Julie Coppens

Cincinnati, OH

Unswaddling secrets, terminating shame, bearing witness, fostering community.

In the summer of 1972, a suburban Cincinnati mom brought home a new wig… and an adopted baby. Five decades (and a few Supreme Court decisions) later, one journalist/theatremaker considers her unlikely “life” story, amidst the reproductive-rights tug-of-war—and invites others to share their truths—with this funny, poignant work-in-progress.

Category: Interdisciplinary

Tags: Personal History, Gender Politics, Community

Rating: PG-13

Venue: Know Theatre

Please note there is no late seating for this production.

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Artist Bio

Like a lot of adoptees, Julie Coppens (she/her) is a shape-shifter, having played many roles over a long career in theatre, journalism, nonprofit leadership, and parenting. She produced the student podcast Democracy & Z and the “What Does Justice Look Like?” YouTube series for Cincinnati Public Radio; previously she served on the national publications staff of the Educational Theatre Association, as an editor of Dramatics magazine and director of the Thespian Playworks program for high school writers. In between came a seven-year stint in Alaska, where she led youth programming and communications at Perseverance Theatre, among other creative projects. Offstage, Julie’s a longtime volunteer and current Board President of Ski for Light, Inc., which introduces the sport of cross-country skiing to adults with visual or mobility impairments.

Past Fringe Credits