[PROVIDENCE, RI - September 25, 2014] The much acclaimed play, Behind Closed Doors, returns to the stage on October 6, 2014 for a one-night only performance at Trinity Repertory Company. SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) received multiple awards for the play's sold-out debut performance in 2012 and for utilizing innovative solutions to raise awareness about domestic violence.
Behind Closed Doors takes you on a journey through the lives of 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR and their experiences with violence, hope and survival. The play - even more relevant because of the recent NFL situation involving a player’s abuse of his wife and the subsequent scrutiny of survivors - is a powerful educational tool. Through the survivors’ storytelling, questions like “Why Did She Stay?” won’t ever have to be asked again. Instead, people will learn about the dynamics of abuse and what they can do to help. Sharing in the work of survivors is one simple way.
“Being a survivor has opened doors of creativity and passion…I am now living the life of a survivor and continue to survive day by day…always finding my silver linings,” expressed Heather Bring about her experience with domestic violence. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Hollins University and is currently co-directing and performing in the play.
Tickets are now on sale for Behind Closed Doors—visit www.soarinri.org to purchase and to get additional information about SOAR and the play. Group packages are available; the play is an excellent medium for teaching students (over age 16 due to mature content) and others who want to KNOW MORE to DO MORE.
Behind Closed Doors is an eye-opening opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
Time: 7 p.m. performance; 6:30 p.m. doors open
Location: Trinity Repertory Company, Dowling Theater, 821 Washington, Providence, RI
About Behind Closed Doors:
Behind Closed Doors is an original play written by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR, a task force of the RICADV. This performance is a true account of their experiences with domestic violence, hope and survival, seeking 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 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 to end domestic violence.
About the Directors of Behind Closed Doors:
Jordan Butterfield is the Education Programs Manager and Teaching Artist at Trinity Rep. She teaches classes on-site, oversees the general curriculum planning for the department and leads workshops at schools throughout Rhode Island, spreading the importance of theater in the classroom. She also founded TRAIN (Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network), a theater program specially designed for children on the autism spectrum and with other cognitive or physical disabilities. Through TRAIN, she is the drama instructor at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, The Autism Project, Hasbro Partial Hospitalization Program, The Groden Center and Seven Hills RI. Previously, she was the acting and improvisation teacher for Educational Consultants of New England (now Milestones). In the summer, she worked as the drama counselor for their camp, which served children ages 2-18 on the autism spectrum. Jordan also ran theater programs at Center School and the YMCA in her hometown of Mattapoisett, MA. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she double majored in history and theater arts with concentrations in acting and dramaturgy. At Brandeis, she performed in The Who’s Tommy directed by Eric Hill and the world premiere of the musical The Two Orphans by Theresa Rebeck directed by Dennis Garnhum. She also trained at the Autism Treatment Center of America in the SonRise floor-time technique.
Heather Bring is a Visual Merchandising Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Hollins University in Virginia. She is a passionate domestic violence activist and member of SOAR, a marine mammal rehabilitation volunteer, a mother and a survivor of domestic violence.
SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) is an award-winning and nationally-recognized task force of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, made up of survivors of domestic violence. SOAR's mission is to promote, advocate for and work toward the elimination of domestic violence and to embody and give visibility to the voices of abused women. SOAR is the only group in Rhode Island specifically working on systems change that entirely consists of domestic violence survivors and is a leader among similar groups in the nation.