Our Free Performance of “Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor” in Philly in May is now Fully Funded!

Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor - Teddy

On February 22nd, 2017 we launched a crowdfunding campaign to support a free public performance of “Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor” in Philadelphia this May. Just 12 days later it was fully funded.

We would like to express our deepest appreciation to all of our generous donors: Kathleen Mosher, Denise Gollmer Weinstein , Elizabeth Evans, Jean Brooks, Kristie Kozenewski, Jason B. Schmidt, Kimberlie Cruse, Georgina Bard, Daniel J. Reynolds, Alexis Calhoun, Julia Calhoun, Kristen Schier, Tamara Anderson, Julie Chapin, John Yorio, Tina Thompson, Susan Seeton, Marlane Stempko, Frances M. Doyle, Sarah Bloom, Jenny Hill, Janice McDuffy, Ryan Lawrence, Jeremy Rodden, Rivka Edery LCSW, Pam Sterner Boyer, Alicia Williams, Dr. Garrett Marie Deckel, and of course our many kind anonymous donors.

The show is on! We hope to see many of you at the Adrienne Theater on Saturday afternoon May 27th, 2017 for a completely free performance of “Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor”. Full details are below.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Philadelphia, PA - Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor

    3pm

    Playground at the Adrienne Theatre (first door on your left as you enter the theater), 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Free Admission (NO TICKET NEEDED)

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    Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor

    ASK A SEX ABUSE SURVIVOR (play)

    A FREE public performance of "Ask" supported by public donations. Help fund this event with a tax-deductible donation through our Fiscal Sponsor Fractured Atlas.

    All are welcome. No ticket needed.

    Childhood sexual abuse survivor Michael Broussard's interactive presentation utilizes a unique mix of storytelling, audience interaction and improvisation to spark a real-time conversation about the effects of sexual abuse on children and adult survivors. 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.

    The one-hour performance includes feedback breaks throughout, during which audience members are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, or participate in any way they see fit.

    Please note that some material may not be suitable for all audiences.


    DIRECTIONS

    From Center City: The Adrienne Theatre is just north of Rittenhouse Square. Take Walnut Street to 20th Street and turn right. Travel one block to Sansom Street and turn left. The Adrienne is one-half block on the left. A parking garage is across the street on the right. The Playground is the first door on your left as you enter the building.

    From I-95 North: Take I-95 North to exit 12 (Route 291 to I-76). Follow signs to Center City Philadelphia (I-76 West). Get on I-76 west to Exit 345 [Old Exit 39] (I-676-Center City). Travel eastbound on I-676 to Broad Street. Turn right onto 15th Street at the end of the ramp. Travel south on 15th Street for 8 blocks (stay in right hand lane when passing City Hall) to Sansom Street. Turn right onto Sansom Street and travel west for 5 blocks to 20th Street. The Adrienne is one-half block on the left. A parking garage is across the street on the right. The Playground is the first door on your left as you enter the building.

    From I-95 South: Take I-95 south to exit 17 (I-676 Center-City off-ramp). Take Westbound I-676 for 6/10 mile. Exit on Broad Street. Turn right onto 15th Street at end of ramp. Travel south on 15th Street for 8 blocks (stay in right hand lane when passing City Hall) to Sansom Street. Turn right onto Sansom Street and travel west for 5 blocks to 20th Street. The Adrienne Theatre is one-half block on the left. A parking garage is across the street on the right. The Playground is the first door on your left as you enter the building.

    From I-76: Take I-76 to Exit 345 [Old Exit 39] (Center City-I-676). Travel eastbound on I-676 to the Broad Street exit. Turn right onto 15th Street at end of ramp. Travel south on 15th Street for 8 blocks (stay in right hand lane when passing City Hall) to Sansom Street. Turn right onto Sansom Street and travel west for 5 blocks to 20th Street. The Adrienne is one-half block on the left. A parking garage is across the street on the right. The Playground is the first door on your left as you enter the building.

    PUBLIC TRANSIT: The Adrienne Theatre is located within a 15 minute walk from both Suburban and 30th Street stations. Center City buses run along Market, Chestnut, Walnut, and 20th Streets and have stops as close as a block from the theatre. Visit SEPTA’s website at http://septa.org and use the Trip Planner in the left-hand menu. The Playground is the first door on your left as you enter the building.

    PARKING

    Metered Parking: Metered street parking is available on several blocks in all directions surrounding The Adrienne.

    Indoor Garages & Outdoor Lots: There are many parking garages and outdoor lots within a few blocks of The Adrienne. The closest is located directly across the street at 2027 Sansom. Additional parking facilities are located at 125 South 20th, 2036 Chestnut, and 2101 Chestnut. For a list of nearby parking garages visit http://philadelphia.centralparking.com/Philadelphia-Rittenhouse-Square-Parking.html.

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Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor for Free in Baltimore in June

Join us for a special FREE PERFORMANCE of Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor plus a free screening of the film To Kill A Kelpie on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at the Ideal Arts Space in Baltimore, Maryland.

This event is made possible by a partnership between Stop the Silence® and NAASCA, under the Stop the Silence® Art as Advocacy Program.

Please note: some material may not be appropriate for all audiences.

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    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)

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    Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor

    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.

    PARKING INFO

    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.

    DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor at Penn was a rousing success

Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor - photo by Sarah R. Bloom

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.