“Oh Gosnell” Play Survives Censorship, Will Open Thursday Night

Following on my post last week about the Kermit Gosnell-type abortion atrocity in our nation’s capital, comes word about an off-Broadway play, Oh Gosnell, opening this Thursday night, May 5, after efforts to censor it.

The author, Phelim MacAleer, explains that “Oh Gosnell is a Verbatim Play using only the transcripts of the trial and Grand Jury.” It’s May 5 opening is intended to counter the opening the same night of JJ Abram’s and Ilana Glazer’s “abortion comedy,” Oh God, A Show About Abortion.

“They laugh about it – we tell the truth about it,” MacAleer says.

Theatre Row in Manhattan, where Oh Gosnell was scheduled to open, abruptly cancelled the play just two weeks before its scheduled opening. It will instead open at the Chain Studio Theater at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan. For scheduled showings and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Thursday night opening will also feature a Q&A after the performance with narcotics detective Jim Wood, who will recount his experience helping bring down Dr. Kermit Gosnell after an informant told him about the death of an immigrant female patient at Gosnell’s clinic.

With the abortion debate raging across the nation in anticipation of the coming Supreme Court decision, and with courageous pro-lifers facing charges for trying to expose the Gosnell-type atrocity currently unfolding in D.C., it is essential that we spread the word about the true, horrific nature of what abortion does to women and children. This play can help to do that, but only if a good opening night turnout allows it to extend and expand its run.

If you’re in the New York area, please try to attend Thursday night’s opening.

Published by Rick Hinshaw

I have spent the last three decades in primarily Catholic communications work: as a reporter, news editor, columnist, and for eight years editor of The Long Island Catholic; several years as co-host and co-producer of The Catholic Forum program on the diocesan Telecare channel; two stints as Director of Communications for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; and a year as Associate Director for Communications at the New York State Catholic Conference. I also served for three years as Public Information Officer for the late Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, a staunchly Catholic and active pro-life leader. Over that more than 30-year career, I have gained an ever deeper understanding of and appreciation for the moral and social teachings of our Church. In my various roles I have lent my voice to articulating those teachings and their applicability to the critical issues of our time. That is what I intend to do with this blog. Moreover, at a time when our political and social disagreements seem to have degenerated into constant vitriol, vilification, verbal abuse and intolerance of those who hold differing opinions, I hope that this blog can contribute, in some small way, to a restoration of respectful debate and discussion, where we can defend our beliefs forcefully without demonizing any who disagree with us. As a Catholic commentator, that is what I have always striven to do--remembering that even as we are called to stand firmly in defense of our Church, her teachings, and our right to be heard in the public square, we are also called always to be the face of Christ to the world--most especially to those with whom we disagree.

2 thoughts on ““Oh Gosnell” Play Survives Censorship, Will Open Thursday Night

  1. Thank you Rick for persevering.

    Now we have news of Supreme Court possibly poised to overturn Roe!

    Everyone should watch the Gosnel movie that exposes the depth of abortion evil:

    Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

    It is a riveting, high quality film with many revelations.


    1. Yes, Walter, that was a most powerful film, and thus, unsurprisingly, one that got relatively little exposure and almost no attention from mainstream media or movie critics. I’ll be writing something soon about the anticipated Supreme Court decision, now that Alito’s draft has been leaked, prompting the predictable hysteria from America’s abortion-loving ruling class.


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