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I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me--A Stage Play written by Jonathan Spikes and Shanteria Griglen

Adrienne Arsht Center & The Jonathan Spikes Foundation Presents a Staged Reading of the Psychological Thriller, "I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me"

Jonathan Spikes Foundation

Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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I Know What I AM and I AM NOT What You Call ME, a psychological thriller that traces the often painful coming-of-age journey of a young Black boy. The reading is sponsored by the Adrienne Arsht Center and will take place at the Peacock Education Center in Miami.

The autobiographical play written by Miami Native son Jonathan Spikes, addresses the difficult subject of childhood sexual abuse. Spikes says even though statistics show as many as one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood, this familiar, yet taboo topic, is still very difficult to discuss in an open forum.

“I remember being ashamed and afraid of being sexually abused. It was difficult for me to speak out about it. But, what I’ve discovered was the more I spoke, the more it allowed me to use my experience as a vessel to let others know, yes, you too, can overcome it.”

Spikes, 42, grew up in the Scott Projects in Miami. A graduate of Broward College and Nova Southeastern University, the father of two says he used the knowledge gleaned from his studies in psychology to pen a stage play that focuses on the impact of cyclical abuse on a young child.

“The main character "Damon McBlessed," faces multiple forms of abuse at the hands of both women and men,” Spikes said. “The abuse confuses him about his sexuality and his identity–but more than that it warps his understanding of what real love is all about. We see so many children desperate for love and affection who after being manipulated believe that sex is the sole gateway to achieving common human needs.”

Spikes said he was driving from North Carolina to Miami when the idea first came to him. “But as I didn’t consider myself to be a writer, it would take the encouragement of one of my professors and this compelling story that I couldn’t get out of my head, to push me into writing the book and now the corresponding play.”

Spikes said he hopes a play dealing with the plight of young Black boys coming to terms with who they are in this new-age society, will serve as a source of help and inspiration for anyone who needs it.  The theater provides the perfect backdrop to address this emotional topic in an open, non-judgmental environment. After all,

I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me, is filled with lighter moments in which the audience can laugh, clap and cheer through each dramatic twist and turn. 

This event is free and open to the public. Donations encouraged.  Space is limited so please RSVP.

For more information contact info@jonathanspikes.com or twilder@shegotgame.com.

Have questions about Adrienne Arsht Center & The Jonathan Spikes Foundation Presents a Staged Reading of the Psychological Thriller, "I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me"? Contact Jonathan Spikes Foundation

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Adrienne Arsht Peacock Education Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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Miami, For Immediate Release: I Know What I AM and I AM NOT What You Call ME, is a psychological thriller that traces the often painful coming-of-age journey of a young Black boy. The reading is sponsored by the Adrienne Arsht Center and will take place at the Peacock Education Center in Miami.


The autobiographical play written by Miami Native son Jonathan Spikes, addresses the difficult subject of childhood sexual abuse. Spikes says even though statistics show as many as one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood, this familiar, yet taboo topic, is still very difficult to discuss in an open forum.
“I remember being ashamed and afraid of being sexually abused. It was difficult for me to speak out about it. But, what I’ve discovered was the more I spoke, the more it allowed me to use my experience as a vessel to let others know, yes, you too, can overcome it.”


Spikes, 42, grew up in the Scott Projects in Miami. A graduate of Broward College and Nova Southeastern University, the father of two says he used the knowledge gleaned from his studies in psychology to pen a stage play that focuses on the impact of cyclical abuse on a young child.


“The main character "Damon McBlessed," faces multiple forms of abuse at the hands of both women and men,” Spikes said. “The abuse confuses him about his sexuality and his identity–but more than that it warps his understanding of what real love is all about. We see so many children desperate for love and affection who after being manipulated believe that sex is the sole gateway to achieving common human needs.”


Spikes said he was driving from North Carolina to Miami when the idea first came to him. “But as I didn’t consider myself to be a writer, it would take the encouragement of one of my professors and this compelling story that I couldn’t get out of my head, to push me into writing the book and now the corresponding play.”


Spikes said he hopes a play dealing with the plight of young Black boys coming to terms with who they are in this new-age society, will serve as a source of help and inspiration for anyone who needs it.  

The theater provides the perfect backdrop to address this emotional topic in an open, non-judgmental environment.After all, I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me, is filled with lighter moments in which the audience can laugh, clap and cheer through each dramatic twist and turn.  
This event is free and open to the public. Donations encouraged.  

Space is limited so please RSVP.
For more information contact info@jonathanspikes.com or twilder@shegotgame.com.

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