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Baltimore, MD - Ask (play) + To Kill A Kelpie (film)4pm
Ideal Arts Space, 905 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
Free Admission (NO TICKET NEEDED)
ASK A SEX ABUSE SURVIVOR (play)
Childhood sexual abuse survivor Michael Broussard's interactive presentation Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor has been widely praised by mental health professionals and survivors alike.
Clinician Maureen O’Regan of Orleans Psychotherapy Associates said, "I walked away with an understanding of the survivor experience that no book, training, or even my years of work as a therapist could have ever given me".
Psychologist Margaret D. Sayers called the show "an excellent illustration of the healing power of art and community".
Survivor and New England Director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Dave O’Regan said, "I came away from the performance uplifted, braver, and will always remember Michael’s courage and draw strength from it when needed in my own life."
Combining first person storytelling with audience interaction and improvisation, Broussard tells his story of survival and healing from abuse, while inviting comments and questions several times throughout the presentation.
Audience members are encouraged to ask anything, contribute anything, share in any way they see fit. Broussard himself is a walking, talking case study, able to give candid answers to questions about the survivor experience from all stages of his life.
Broussard has taken Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor as far South as Atlanta, GA and as far North as Brattleboro, VT, and has partnered with the non-profit education, support and advocacy organization Stop the Silence to take the presentation all over the country, through the organization's Arts as Advocacy Program.
Listen to a radio interview from the show's recent successful East Coast Tour here: http://wkvtradio.com/gmm/ask-a-sex-abuse-survivor/
TO KILL A KELPIE (film)
When twin brothers, Dougal and Fin, reunite following the death of their uncle, they share the day they have always hoped would, and would never, happen.
Retelling his gruesome tales of a child-devouring monster – The Kelpie – the men talk to the wee boys they once were, shedding stoicism and sobriety in an isolated Scottish croft.
With the rambunctious humor of those who have lived the unlivable, To Kill Kelpie journeys through a family album filled with life shaping events and conflicting memories, deftly handling huge themes and fine details with an equal measure of care. Rich in Scottish culture and mythology, Matthew McVarish’s searingly honest and uplifting script tells a universal story without borders, realized in Poorboy’s trademark engaging, visionary and bold production.
Written by Matthew McVarish, To Kill Kelpie has been produced in numerous locations inside and outside of the U.S. and was most recently (2013) performed by the Vintage Theater Company in West Virginia. The original Off-Broadway production was directed by Sandy Thomson, and was a Poorboy theatre production co-produced with Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. and supported by Creative Scotland in association with The Moira Anderson Foundation. The film version is directed by Edward M Smith.
Street parking is available around the Ideal Arts Space and on Sundays all parking on "The Avenue" (aka W. 36th Street) is FREE.
PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTIONS
The 27 Bus stops at 36th and Roland Ave, within a 1 minute walk from the Ideal Arts Space. For public transit directions from your location visit the Maryland Transit Administration website at http://mta.maryland.gov/ and use the Trip Planner in the left-hand menu.
Last night I had the honor of presenting Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Penn Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the Penn Department of Psychiatry. The experience was, in a word, amazing.
This was my first time presenting to a largely academic audience and the feedback was revelatory. I learned so much from the questions and comments of medical professionals and students and their feedback drove a performance that delved even deeper than usual into the issues surrounding childhood sexual abuse.
We talked about the importance of parents letting their children know that they could share anything and that their words would be heard and respected. We talked about the family narrative, about examining the entire picture surrounding an abused child, and taking time to address all of that. We talked about Statutes of Limitations reform, healing as an adult through positive relationships, helping the non survivor community to fully understand the survivor experience … and so much more.
It was without a doubt one of the most productive conversations I have ever witnessed at an Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor performance.
I would like to thank Denise LaMarra, Colleen Quinn, and Janice Radway of Penn’s Standardized Patient Program, along with Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Penn, Benoit Dubé, MD for coordinating all the tiny details that went into making this event happen.
I would also like to thank the Director of Penn’s Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, Steven Berkowitz, MD, Clinical Director of the Penn Department of Psychiatry Center for Couples and Adult Families, Jacqueline Hudak, PhD, and Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cindy Christian, MD, for sitting on the after-show panel. Your wisdom and compassion were truly inspiring.
And I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the invaluable support of Rob and Vic from Penn’s A/V department, as well as my own technical director and artistic collaborator, Galen Huggins.
Here’s hoping this is the first of many Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor performances for academic institutions all over the country.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and in observance we will be presenting a free performance of the interactive show Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 3pm at the Adrienne Theatre (Playground), 2030 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. Get more info.
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While on tour up and down the East Coast, Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor author and performer Michael Broussard spoke with Chris Lenois on his Green Mountain Mornings show on WKVT Radio Brattleboro VT / Keene NH. Visit the link below to listen:
We would like to thank Chuck Darrow of the Philadelphia Daily News for this fabulous write up in his Theaterdelphia column:
Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor would like to thank the very talented Jason Taylor for taping our November 2014 shows at the Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia. Here are some highlights.