They Call Me Arethusa
How do you know if you know a woman who's survived abuse? The answer is: You do.
Arethusa Speaks, a theatre company with a social justice mission focusing on survivors of intimate partner violence, makes their New York City debut with their solo performance piece They Call Me Arethusa, after critically acclaimed runs in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia, PA. This spokenwordstyle docudrama exposes the devastation laid by intimate partner violence through the voices of modern women and their mythological sisters.
Developed by performer and writer Colie McClellan, the script is based on interviews that she conducted over several months with women who are survivors of intimate partner violence. McClellan weaves her own poetry in and out of these testimonials, incorporating Greek myth and Southern folklore based on stories from McClellan's home town in coastal South Carolina. With a series of minimal set pieces, props, lights, and sound, crafted by director and designer Mark Kennedy, each woman's voice is given shape, metaphor, and theatrical presence.
Arethusa Speaks's community programming complementing They Call Me Arethusa remains crucial to the success of their mission. Besides providing literature on local domestic violence shelters, as well as free ticketing for any staff or guests of these organizations, McClellan and Kennedy also led informal talk backs after each performance in the FringeArts Festival, and arranged for a talk back with a full panel of representatives from area leaders in the fight against intimate partner violence in both Charleston and Philadelphia. They plan to continuethis work with 1520 minute talk backs with the artists held after each performance during their engagement at The Tank.
Arethusa Speaks is actively in the process of reaching out to shelters, women's advocacy organizations, church groups, university residence life programs, and other organizations interested in engaging with the production and creating programming around it, either in NYC or elsewhere for future engagements. If any representatives from any relevant organizations have interest, please contact email@example.com.
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