This performance, which includes poets Antoinette Bennett, Vaseah Dupree, and Melinda Goodman, is the first in a series of mixed-media theatre presentations dedicated to survivors of physical, mental, and psychic violence and for those who are close to them or care for them. This performance will focus on childhood sexual abuse.
Depression, anger, shame, and hatred are some of the issues that many survivors have to deal with on a daily basis. It takes hard work not to be consumed with fear, flashbacks, and ingrained patterns of self-destruction. Additionally, some of us struggle with HIV, AIDS, addiction, and other physical and mental illnesses while trying to support ourselves and our dependents on very limited economic resources.
Ultimately, it’s not enough to just "survive" our childhoods. In fact, in order to really survive we need to thrive. Thriving means finding the flame inside ourselves and each other that makes us glad to be alive. The combined story of survival that these poets are bringing to the table is an inspiring celebration of life through written and spoken word in a multi-media theater presentation.