Sidney Lanier High School Theatre Department
The Breaking the Silence skit series, originally eight short plays in all, was produced in West Hollywood in 2003, sponsored by the cities of W. Hollywood and Beverly Hills, CA, and several area social service agencies. The skits received a special nomination for the Third Annual Domestic Violence Prevention Awards in Los Angels County. It was broadcast on cable a discussion on domestic violence was held afterwards.The purpose of these pieces was to help the audience understand that while DV is pervasive in almost every culture, there are different culture issues that need to be addressed when trying to help a specific population. It was also designed to help people explain to immigrants that in the USA there is help for DV, even if it was not available in their home country. The scripts were supervised by people knowledgeable in each culture.Why produce this play if you''re not Russian, Jewish, or Korean? Because this is a universal issue it will help people understand that they are not alone and possible encourage others to help victims in all races and cultures.
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