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#UsToo: Shattering the Silence

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Fourth Universalist Society

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#UsToo: Shattering the Silence

A powerful evening of theater and dance depicting a vision of women's rights as a unified global event.

Show is comprised of 3 productions:
"Take A Look At That Girl!" by Marsha Sheiness
"You Know As I Know" by Deborah Karpel
"Sepia" by Nadine Bommer

As the world continues to shrink secrets are harder to keep. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT GIRL! is a multimedia event that depicts true stories of women , past and present, from around the world who are having or have encountered gender-based oppression. The play illuminates and sustains a vision of women's rights as a unified global event; affecting every woman's life no matter what country she is from. This is accomplished through comedy and drama. Simple story telling highlights both the plight and bravery of individual women who dare to defy the status quo and the ignorance of individual women who choose to comply with it. As Einstein said, "everything is relative". Hopefully TAKE A LOOK AT THAT GIRL! will engage the hearts and minds of women and men, helping them define solutions that serve to unite people everywhere in our common humanity.

In the week preceding the 2017 presidential inauguration, women who had buried histories of sexual abuse and rape began to talk. The playwright Deborah Karpel was approached by three different friends and a neighbor, who all shared their stories spontaneously. As the country was ceding leadership to someone connected to violence against women, there nothing to lose in speaking out. YOU KNOW AS I KNOW grew out of a dialogue the playwright had with herself during this period, where she summoned memories of her own trauma of young love into young rape, rape with a weapon and rape by drugging. Ms. Karpel, uses story telling, humor, movement and music throughout the piece to dramatize the conflicted mind of a survivor.

SEPIA is a contemporary dance work depicting imaginatively evolved creatures who display feminine strength and the ability to change on an arduous journey. The piece speaks to the power of female energy in the face of adversity and the deep transformation that occurs when we tap into our primal selves. Utilizing the uniquely fluid physicality of Bommer’s signature technique, the work cultivates a new movement experience that spans the genres of dance and theater. With this technique, three dancers use kinetic energy and internal listening to uncover the full expressive capabilities of the body and transform into a new being. These dancers-as-creatures, largely drawing from sea and animal influences, emerge into a new world, explore their surroundings, and find their voice in order to affect change. Using her gift of abstract storytelling, Bommer communicates this journey largely through visceral interactions. Drawing from its recent adaptation, SEPIA: the aquarium version, the project aims to transpose the intimacy and theatrical characteristics of immersive performances into a proscenium presentation. Audience members receive an intimate view of the creatures sifting in and out of small spaces and evolving into goddess-like beings throughout the evening. These onlookers peer into a world they are not a part of, and come to understand that they, like the creatures, have the capacity to enact change in their communities.

Net proceeds of this #UsToo will support the work of Day One, Woman Kind and One Billion Rising. A semifinalists for the 2017 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award, Day One partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence. Woman Kind helps individuals at all stages in life whose lives have been impacted by violence move forward from isolation to connectedness, from surviving to thriving. One Billion Rising is the world's largest international campaign to end violence against women and girls. It was founded by Eve Ensler, our original collaborator.

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