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The Road to Shameless: A Survivor's Tale of Sexual Assault and Healing - written and performed by Nancy Donoval

Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling and Stories 2 Stop Rape

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM (PST)

The Road to Shameless: A Survivor's Tale of Sexual...

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Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling and Stories 2 Stop Rape

present a one-night only performance by National Story Slam Champion Nancy Donoval:

 

THE ROAD TO SHAMELESS:

A Survivor's Tale of Sexual Assault and Healing

 Written and performed by Nancy Donoval

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00 - Doors Open

7:30 - Show Starts

Q&A follows the performance.

 

Flat Rate Tickets:
$12 advance / $15 at the door

Sliding Scale Tickets
Pay What You Can Afford $5 - $25 (advance and at the door)

No one turned away for lack of funds.


Listen to Nancy’s story slam-winning excerpt of

The Road to Shameless on Chicago Public Radio at:

http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/story-slams-first-ever-national-winner#

 

“[Nancy Donoval] has mastered the art of telling stories that are

funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.”

- Chicago Reader, Critic’s Choice


“Nancy's story is as much for men as women.

Beautiful, difficult, heartfelt stories -- this show is a gift.”

- Kevin Kling - Playwright, NPR Commentator, Author of The Dog Says How


Artful and wise. This is pitch-perfect storytelling, witty as the

best stand-up comedy but with a brilliant structure that

delivers the audience to its dead-serious heart.

- Patricia Weaver Francisco

Author, Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery


“An experience of exhilarating liberation! There are so many

people in my life that I want to hear this story.”

- Elizabeth O’Sullivan, audience member

 

Whether survivor, friend or family many of us struggle with how to talk openly about sexual violence. The issue can become even thornier when survivor and assailant know each other. Nancy Donoval was a 19-year-old freshmen theater major when she went out for a night of fun and drinking and was sexually assaulted by a friend.  She knew what had been done to her was awful, but she didn't know to call it rape. Like a lot of people, she thought sexual assault meant a stranger in a dark alley, not someone you trust in a place you thought was safe.

 

Today, Nancy is a critically acclaimed performing artist specializing in performance memoir that finds humor in the hard stuff of life such as grief and loss, body image, disability and sexual violence.  Nancy won the 2010 National Story Slam Championship with an excerpt from The Road to Shameless, her one-woman show that turns the experience of being a sexual assault survivor into powerful, transformative public art.  This witty, compassionate tale speaks the unspeakable with humor and grace making what might seem too difficult not only bearable but, in the words of one audience member, “an experience of exhilarating liberation.” 


“Like the best storytellers, [Nancy Donoval] transforms the events in the telling and ultimately arrives at a deeply meaningful hope.  [Told] with self-deprecating wit and quirky insight…profoundly moving.”

- William Randall Beard

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

More than an account of a sexual assault, The Road to Shameless puts rape in the context of Nancy’s life as a daughter, sister, girlfriend, theater artist, and budding activist. Using her skills as a storyteller, she gently invites us into key moments in her journey of survival: wearing overalls to erase any sign of being a girl; acting in plays with her assailant after the assault; finally being given the word ‘rape’ for what was done to her by someone she was dating--while they were sitting on his bed and he was lobbying for sex; how friends and family reacted when she told them; and the long twisting path from denial and silence to recovery and healing and eventually to becoming an outspoken voice for change.

 

Last month, as part of her work as a sexual violence educator for college campuses (www.Stories2StopRape.com), Nancy took this show back to where it happened, meeting with and telling her story to current members at the fraternity house where her attacker had lived and the assault took place. It was a powerful experience for all involved and highlighted the need to tell and listen to difficult stories such as these if we are to change our culture to embrace both “Yes” and “No” without shame.


“I learned there was hope and humor and healing somewhere in the hell.”

- Kenzie K., Augsburg College

 

“Nancy tells a story filled with meaning and has somehow found a way to use humor in a discussion about recovery from violence. Her words are powerful, revealing and ultimately healing.”

- Roberta Gibbons, Asst. Professor

Violence Prevention and Intervention, Metropolitan State University

 

 


Have questions about The Road to Shameless: A Survivor's Tale of Sexual Assault and Healing - written and performed by Nancy Donoval? Contact Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling and Stories 2 Stop Rape

When & Where


Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM (PST)


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Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling and Stories 2 Stop Rape

For more info on Nancy Donoval and her work or to book "The Road to Shameless" for your campus or organizationa, go to:

Stories2StopRape.com

 

For more info on Bawdy Storytelling Events:

BawdyStorytelling.com

 

For more info on the Center for Sex and Culture:

sexandculture.org

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