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The Turnaway Play

A World Premiere Production
By Lesley Lisa Greene

May 8 - May 19, 2024

An urgent issue comes to life onstage

Lesley Greene was inspired by Diana Greene Foster’s groundbreaking Turnaway Study, which followed 1,000 women over ten years and reached the first definitive scientific conclusions about the consequences for women’s lives of either having or being denied abortions. Greene transforms the real-life stories into a powerful drama animated by characters whose diverse circumstances reflect the scope of womens’ experiences. With honesty and humor, the play reaches beyond our polarizing political conversation to look deeply into one of the most important and urgent issues of our time.

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Please note that masks are optional in all public spaces at Kitchen Theatre Company. We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask to please do so.


This show is recommended for ages 14+. The production runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Our standing show-related extras:

  • Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm and Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm | Preview Performances - Talkback after the show

  • Friday, May 10 at 7 pm | Opening Night - Party after the show

  • Friday, May 17 at 7 pm | Meet the Artists - Talkback after the show

  • Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm | Affinity Night

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Important conversations happen in the Kitchen. To deepen those important conversations, we host "Kitchen Table Talks" before or after some performances throughout the season. These talks are a dialogue between you - our audiences - and community leaders, subject experts, originating artists, or others. We hope you'll join us for these extra events!

Affinity Night for The Turnaway Play will be on Saturday, May 18, 2024 - there will be a Kitchen Table Talk held at that performance.


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Lu Chávez (Luisa/Martina/Sophia) Proudly making her debut in the United States

Born and raised in the vibrant Mexico City, Mexico, Lu is thrilled to be making her American debut with The Turnaway Play. She obtained her BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas State University, where she performed in Spring Awakening (Martha), the Spanish World Premiere of El Nogalar (Valeria). Lu also made her directorial debut with the world premiere of Red Card, a poignant narrative capturing the immigrant experience in America. Beyond her stage accomplishments, Lu holds a BA in Psychology, in which she continues to develop her career in the development of psychological resources to further inclusivity, accessibility and diversity in the performing arts industry. So much love and gratitude for CGF and Vision Entertainment, you guys are the absolute dream team, Judy Bowman, Rachel Lampert, Lesley Lisa Greene and everyone at Kitchen Theatre Company. Kailtin Hopkins for believing and advocating for immigrant artists and creating space for us in this country. Gil, my rock, my best friend and my biggest cheerleader every step of the way. Y finalmente, mamá y papá, gracias por apoyarme en todas mis locuras, sin ustedes nada de esto sería posible, los amo. @laluchvz


Barbara Geary (Dr. Foster) has had a varied performance career, careening through Mud Shows, mask performance, indie films and Shakespeare. A graduate of The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, she has performed and toured with The Dell’Arte Company and Imago-Theatre Mask Ensemble. Her directing credits include the opera THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS, the rock opera MURDERCASTLE, THE WHIPPING MAN, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, TWELFTH NIGHT, the acclaimed contemporary commedias LOVE POTION # MINE and 3 DOTTORES 3, as well as VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM at the Kitchen Theatre when she was also Artistic Associate. As a deviser/collaborator, Barbara was a co-creator of the plays MESSAGES FROM THE SUN, ANY GIVEN MOMENT and ARTEMISIA. With the Dell’Arte Company, she was seen as The Woman in Green in BIG FAT LIAR/PEER GYNT, Madame Pernelle in TARTUFFE, Artemisia in ARTEMISIA and as Sylvia in GOLDEN STATE. More recently in Ithaca, Barbara played the Skriker in THE SKRIKER with House of Ithaqua, was one of the Women in MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME at Cherry Arts and was most recently seen as Macbeth in MACBETH with Theater Incognita. As a teacher, she developed the graduate course, Physical Expression for Animators for the Rochester Institute of Technology and also taught that work at the California State Summer School of the Arts. 


Montana Lampert Hoover (Rhonda/Brenda/Amy) (she/they) is thrilled to be back at the Kitchen! She was previously seen at the KTC in Hand to God back in 2016. Recent theater credits include: Lewiston (Bridge Street Theater), Pathway to the Ballot Box (Historic Huguenot St.), Better (BST), In the Parlour (American Slavery Project), The F%@#ing Wright Brothers (NY Fringe), Dry Land (Arts on Site), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque). You can also catch Montana in the short film Let Me Assist You, now streaming on Omeleto!

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Sylive Yntema (Serena/Kiara/Jada) is thrilled to be a part of this KTC production! She has performed locally with The Cherry Arts (Peter and the Wolf, As You Like It, The Wetsuitman, Pursuit, Voices of Ukraine, An Odyssey, A Day, Felt Sad Posted a Frog, The Snow Queen), Homecoming Players (A Great Wilderness, From the Mississippi Delta, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play), Civic Ensemble (Delia Divided, In the Parlor, Throat, On the Corner), and Fitz&Startz Productions (A Case for the Classics). Sylvie studied BFA acting at The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, is a graduate of the Actors Workshop of Ithaca, a Pilates instructor, and a massage therapist.

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Lesley Lisa Greene (Playwright) is a sound designer, playwright, composer, and event producer. She worked for 20 years at the Kitchen Theatre Company as a producer, grant writer, and theatrical jack-of-all-trades. She is co-director of Story House Ithaca, co-founder of Porchfest, and author of The Turnaway Play.

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Rachel Lampert (Director) is returning to lead the theater for the 2023-24 Season. She served as the Artistic Director from 1997-2017. During her twenty-year tenure, she focused on expanding the repertory to include new plays, alternative theatrical formats, solo performances, movement-based work, and original musicals. A strong advocate for young theater artists, she gave first-time directing opportunities to many young directors, mostly women, who continue to make theater nationwide. She championed playwrights by producing early-career writers on the KTC Mainstage and broadened the experience of the audience by hosting Kitchen Counter Culture, a series devoted to BIPOC solo performers. Her solo play The Soup Comes Last and original musicals written with composer Larry Pressgrove, including Precious Nonsense, Tony & the Soprano, Bed No Breakfast, Comfort Food, and The Angle of the Sun, were popular box-office hits. She received the SALT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 when she retired from the Kitchen. “I am surprised to be back, but forever grateful to all the artists, technicians, supporters, and the public who helped build the theater and are now working to find a sustainable future. As always, together is better, and I expect that together we will make it possible.” 


Thank you to our generous show sponsors!

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Watch this space for our show trailer, newsletter, and other media highlighting the production!

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