FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, October 28, 2012
CONTACT: Cristina Williams at RICADV; Phone: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729
[Providence, R.I.] The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) and Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) today announced the cancellation of the play, Behind Closed Doors, that was to be held on Monday, October 29 at Trinity Repertory Company's Dowling Theater. The media dress rehearsal that was slated for 2 p.m. has also been canceled. Trinity Repertory Company's building is being closed as a precautionary measure as Governor Lincoln Chafee has issued a state of emergency and officials are warning residents of the strong potential for power outages and flooding throughout Rhode Island.
"Unfortunately, the unpredictability of this storm has required us to adjust our plans for Behind Closed Doors to ensure the safety of our attendees," said Deborah DeBare, executive director of RICADV. "We appreciate the tremendous support we have received for this groundbreaking effort and are working on additional performance dates."
A new date for the Trinity Repertory Company performance should be announced later this week. All tickets to the October 29 performance will be honored.
An additional performance at the University of Rhode Island has been slated for early December 2012. More information can be obtained by visiting soarinri.org within the coming weeks.
"Behind Closed Doors" is an original play written and performed by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR, a task force of RICADV. This performance is a true account of their experiences with domestic violence, hope and survival, and seeks to draw you into their lives to dispel the stigmas of this often misunderstood abuse. The script was crafted by Trinity Repertory Company teaching artists Michael Williams and Francesca Montanile, who mentored the SOAR members in cultivating their performances. The play was developed over ten 90-minute sessions in which the survivors journaled, wrote poetry and told stories that were weaved into a play composed completely of their own words. The women speak both their own words and the words of their fellow survivors. All proceeds from "Behind Closed Doors" benefit SOAR/RICADV in raising awareness towards ending domestic violence.
SOAR's mission is to promote, advocate and work towards the elimination of domestic violence and to embody and give visibility to the voices of abused women.