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02.03.2014

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Theatre for Change: “Region 8”

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We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Theatre for Change, an “organization made up of dramatic media artists who are committed to linking the stories inherent in theatre, film and media to the needs and messages of non-profit organizations”. In order to bring attention to the child abuse epidemic here in our community, Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) and Theatre for Change are collaborating to tell the stories of these children and to highlight how important it is for them to have someone to stand by them. 

Written by TLU Professor Shannon Ivey, a San Antonio native and founder of Theatre for Change, and Windell Middlebrooks, star of  ABC’s television series “Body of Proof”,  Region 8: True Stories From Texas’ Foster System (Region 8) is based on stories actually collected from hundreds of interviews in one of South Texas' foster regions; it is a powerful look into the lives of three people who are brave enough to endure the heartbreak, and rejoice in the triumphs, of working as a CASA Advocate, a foster parent, and a CPS investigator in a system that is seemingly broken from the inside out.   

The intent of the performance is to highlight how individuals can help stem the tide of the child abuse epidemic by volunteering their time as a foster parent or child Advocate.  Theatre for Change and CASA partnered with SA2020 and the Blue Ribbon Taskforce out of a mutual belief that we need to act on behalf of the innocent children being victimized each and every day. Our hope is that the performance will motivate more people to act, so that together, as a community, we can help improve the lives of these children.

This live dramatic media event will use a hybrid of film and live theater to raise awareness and promote a call to action to bolster CASA’S volunteer program, and it will be the first originally produced event by Theatre for Change.

“I am a foster mother first and a storyteller second,” says Ivey, “I have witnessed firsthand the vulnerability of San Antonio’s most precious possibilities - children who would soar if someone simply believed in them.  Our aim with Region 8 is to put a face to an affliction and a story to a statistic.  Every story told was based on truth, because at the end of the day, a child who has been abused is still just a child who needs love, stability, and family in order to thrive.”

Please consider attending the performance and bringing a friend, family member, or associate to help spread the word about the important work that still needs to be done in our region.  In honor of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Region 8 will be presented, courtesy of the Brown Endowment, at Texas Lutheran University on April 4 at 7pm and the Empire Theater on Sunday, April 6, at 7pm.
 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

Theatre for Change: “Region 8”