Kristina Hall, Performance artist 

Performer Kristina Hall grew up in Colorado Springs, moved away in her "stupid 20s" and moved back to be closer to her family when she unexpectedly became pregnant four years ago and chose to have her baby.

A stand-up comic for 12 years and a huge proponent of a woman's right to choose, Hall (joined by fellow First Strike Theater Company pal Lyn Boudreau) will perform during the upcoming celebration of the 27th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion decision.

Their routine, Hall says, will include a combination of comedy and music covering topics from birth control to poverty to aging.

Are you funny? I am exceptionally funny, unless someone asks me to say something funny. You have to be willing to go onstage and bomb until your ego becomes an apple core just lying there. There is some level of masochism.

So say something funny. OK, here's a real story where I was competing with another mother ... There was this mother of a toddler boy. Her toddler was playing with my toddler boy, and she was insisting her son was so sensitive he would only play with dolls -- never a truck -- and how he always shared his toys with other kids. And that her son was going to be a psychotherapist. Mothers can be very competitive.

Did you hit her? I wanted to. Actually, I wanted my son to hit her.

Why should we be looking at the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in a lighthearted way? It's kind of a somber occasion, but an opportunity to look at a lot of women's issues and look at people willing to make a difference by backing up their political and moral views. It's an acknowledgement of a very remarkable event, a reminder of work still to be done, and I think it should be a celebration of people coming together for social change and women's choice.

Are you going to talk about abortion? I don't think so. I think we'll talk about birth control and choice. As a woman who became unexpectedly pregnant, I value that I had a choice.

Is it weird living in such a conservative place? Yes, it is. ... I startle myself probably once a week when I realize I'm here. I wonder if people who live here for a long time realize how conservative it is. But ... there is a core group of people here who are truly devoted to social justice and ecological responsibility. So, in a way, it's exciting, like being pioneers. It's kind of fun to get that knee-jerk reaction when you say you're pro-choice, and the wolves shouldn't be slaughtered in Alaska, and we should recycle.

Is it like the Colorado Springs where you grew up? I could go on and on about how I feel about the identity of Colorado Springs and how it seems to be disappearing. It's so big that the sense of community has all but disappeared.


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