What do you know about SEVEN the play?
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On October 18th the Friends of Empower Yolo, a group of community members, are bringing a powerful documentary play to Davis—SEVEN: the Play. SEVEN tells the story of seven ordinary women from around the world who did extraordinary work in response to terrible injustices. The aim in bringing SEVEN: the Play to Davis is twofold: first, to give our community the opportunity to hear the compelling and triumphant stories of women from around the world; and second, to partner with our local businesses, faith communities, service groups and others in raising money to support two vital organizations:
Empower Yolo, dedicated to the intervention, prevention, and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County and,
International Rescue Committee (IRC), delivering care to victims of sexual violence in more than 17 countries, helping survivors gain economic independence, and working to strengthen national and international laws against the exploitation of women.
SEVEN: the Play presents the stories of seven women in the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network who fought for the well-being of women, families and children around the globe: in Russia, protecting women from domestic violence; in Cambodia, rescuing girls from human trafficking; in Guatemala, giving voice to the poor; in Afghanistan, empowering rural women; in Nigeria and Pakistan, fighting for women’s education and rights, and in Northern Ireland, promoting peace and equality. These women have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major changes in their home countries. Seven award-winning female playwrights interviewed one women over many months, and then the playwright created a monologue illuminating the life of her interviewee.
The documentary play has been performed the world over and translated into 25 languages. Each production of SEVEN draws on local talent. Jan Ahders, the director for the Oct0ber 18th production in Davis, and the actors she has recruited have all donated their time as their commitment to the two organizations and ensuring that the production costs are as low as possible.
The play will be presented in Davis on October 18 at 3 p.m. at the City of Davis Veterans Memorial Theater.
Friends of Empower Yolo is accepting donations from local businesses and groups. Between donations from local groups and individuals and ticket sales, the Friends of Empower Yolo hope to raise at least $10,000, with half of the proceeds going to each of the two organizations.
If you, your group or your business would like to make a donation, please contact Georgene Redmann <[email protected]> or Susan Gefter <[email protected]>. To follow the development of bringing the play to Davis or to volunteer to help with its production, please follow us on Facebook: SEVEN the play in Davis. Tickets go on sale August 1st on the Empower Yolo website at http://empoweryolo.org/seven and we anticipate that tickets will sell out quickly.