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SURVIVOR THEATRE PROJECT TOURING COMPANY

Why bring a Survivor Theatre Project performance to your workplace or community?

      Break silence around sexual violence
      Spark action and raise awareness
      Explore healing through creativity 
      Expand definitions of art, treatment and activism

Performances raise consciousness about sexual violence in an accessible way. Each perfomance is followed by a facilitated talk-back with the audience which creates a forum for honest dialogue and community sharing. 

STP's 2017 Touring Company Presents . . .

ROAAARRR! A Beautiful Anger

A collection of poetry, rhythm, monologue and movement that ruptures the confines of victimhood and illuminates a spirit that cannot be broken. In a society struggling with sexual violence as an epidemic, thes survivors define what true protection means, and galvanize our communities from art to action. A collection of poetry, rhythm, monologue and movement that ruptures the confines of victimhood and illuminates a spirit that cannot be broken. In a society struggling with sexual violence as an epidemic, these survivors define what true protection means, and galvanize our communities from art to action.

Created by the Survivor Theatre Project Touring Company: 

Company: Barbara, Kaia, Monique & Vero

Music & Direction by Iréne Shaikly

 

2017 Tour Calendar 

  • Tuesday, April 25 Workshop & Stage Reading @ Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) 
    • Open to college campus community.

  • Thursday, May 18 6:30pm Performance @ Holyoke City Hall (Holyoke, MA)
    • Open to the public (wheelchair accessible). Sliding scale tickets @ door.

  • Wednesday, May 31 Workshop & Performance @ New England Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Forum (Holyoke, MA)
    • Open to participants of conference. Conference sign-up HERE

  • Sunday, June 11 2pm Performance @ the Democracy Center (Cambridge, MA)
    • Open to the public (not wheelchair accessible). ASL Interpretation. Sliding scale tickets @ door.
In Partnership With:
 Enchanted Circle Theatre, Mental Health Association Inc., Sharing Our Stories, Western Mass Recovery Learning Community & Womanshelter/Compañeras

 With Support From:

 

 

2016 Tour: The Survivor's Circus: Journey through the Fog

Central Mass Recovery Learning Community & Kiva Center (Worcester, MA)

Juneteenth Year of Our Sisters (Roxbury, MA)

Emerson College Emerald Empowerment Week (Boston, MA)

Art of Life After (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Written & Performed by Leila Zainab, Noemi Paz, & Vanity Reyes.  Touring Company Director Sarvenaz Asiedu.

Utilizing theatre, dance, percussive rhythms and the power of survivor archetypes, the creators spin an epic tale of magical realism that mirrors the brilliant and troubling complexities that survivors experience in a world that denies sexual trauma.

 

2014-2015 Tour: Called To Speak! 

Survivors’ experiences, strengths and wisdom are shared through poetry, theater, song and movement in Survivor Theatre Project’s new piece Called to Speak. “The Kitchen” is the backdrop and heartbeat of this performance; in many cultures, it is a space owned by women where dialogue happens and families are fed. The kitchen is our metaphorical space of nourishment. Inside this traditionally women’s space, a call to action rises up to stop the cycle of violence, believe survivors, bear witness to their stories, and craft a new, vibrant world without sexual violence.

Written & Performed by Asher Rodriguez, Leila Zainab, Noemi Paz, & Vanity Reyes.  Touring Company Director Sarvenaz Asiedu.

 

2013-2014 Tour: Latina Mafia (Spanish/English Hip Hop) 

Rhythmic Duo Asher Rodriguez and Vanity Reyes perform their dynamic, piercing, and soulful shout-out to a true manifestation of family.

 

2013-2014 Tour: The World We Live In Is Not The World We Live In 

The World We Live In Is Not The World We Live In addresses a topic as impossibly troubling as it is deeply inspiring: Healing your life from sexual violence while living in a culture that encourages it.

Alternately poignant and irreverent, the survivor/artists use original movement, autobiographical monologue, scenes and poetry to reveal the scars within and the journey to healing, while challenging the massive denial that surrounds sexual abuse at the interpersonal and institutional levels in the culture. (45 minute play)


2010-2011 Tour: The Memories of Trees

The Memories of Trees was debuted in October of 2010 at Studio 13 in Jamaica Plain, MA. In April of 2011 the play was performed at Recovery Learning Communities in Quincy, Framingham, and Worcester, MA, followed by audience-actor discussions. In July of 2011 the creators of The Memories of Trees performed and presented at the International Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Chicago.

The Memories of Trees
is a play about surviving sexual violence, overcoming burden, and finding liberation. The tree, at first, is a source of innocence and playfulness. But the tree soon transitions into a symbol of childhood pain and chaos, as in the scene where the fruit is picked from the tree while it is still unripe. The multi-dimensionality of the tree builds as it also serves as a source of strength, and ultimately liberation as adult survivors struggle for healing and change. 

 

2008-2010 Tour: Rescuing Persephone: Surviving and Transforming Sexual Violence

The first piece produced by Survivor Theatre Project was debuted in December of 2008 at Emerson College. In May of 2009 the play was performed at the Dance Complex in Cambridge. Produced in collaboration with the Women's Center, Incest Resources, and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the event was an artistic and advocacy event as well as a networking event for groups and individuals to share information and build relationships.

As a benefit for the Women's Center, both the performance and post-performance dialogue with the actors and director provided an engaging and effective means, through a community-viewed, survivor-created work, to challenge and change attitudes about sexual violence.

In 2010 the piece was performed at The Central Square Theater in Cambridge as part of Incest Resources' 30th Anniversary event; at Bushwick Project For the Arts in Brooklyn, NY; at Dynamite Space in Northampton, MA; and at The Wildlife Sanctuary at the Arts & Industry Building in Florence, MA.

Rescuing Persephone: Surviving and Transforming Sexual Violence conveys the anguish and challenges survivors face, the paths they find to recovery, and the hope and insight they can offer others. The play is honest, enlightening, affecting, and powerful. Post-performance dialogues have been open and lively, and have elevated public understanding and consciousness.