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Contact: Maria Casinelli
Phone: 517-372-9163

Words of Hope and Healing
A groundbreaking performance!

April 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.

Women and men who are survivors of domestic or sexual violence will perform poetry, prose, short stories, monologues, skits, and songs that tell the story of their healing journey. The intent for the show is to focus on all the steps of that process with an emphasis on the benefits of embracing the courage to heal and inspire hope in others.

Location: April 16 at Snyder Hall LookOUT at MSU.

April 17 at the Creole Gallery in Old Town.

Start time: Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $15. More if you can, less if you can't.

Background Information

Proceeds for the show will benefit the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing (WCGL), which provides counseling and on-going support groups to survivors of childhood and adult domestic and sexual violence.

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing’s mission is helping women realize their potential, support each other, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and develop emotional and physical wellbeing, regardless of income level.

In 2008, the Lansing Area Community Trust Fund awarded a $3,000 grant to WCGL to coordinate a performance in conjunction with Take Back the Night, an annual event to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence in April. Because of the positive response we had last year, we are coordinating a show for April 2009. The theme is “Hope and Healing”. Survivors are being given the opportunity to give voice to their experiences and the ways in which they have healed and grown through them and share their message and vision of hope with the Greater Lansing community. The purpose of the production is to promote and facilitate healing after domestic violence and sexual assault through the performance art medium. This production serves to benefit both the performers and the audience.

The performance was inspired by Nancy Allen, performer and writer, who attended the WCGL production of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer” in October, 2007. Nancy left her abusive husband in January 2006 and enrolled at LCC to begin pursuit of a teaching certification. After a successful poetry writing assignment, her professor encouraged her to continue to write about her experience. It continues to be an important part of her healing process. Her poems have been performed at a Sistrum concert and other venues and have been published in the New Citizen's Press.