Elaine Lawless, Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC and Duke, will present two performances at UNC and Duke of the Troubling Violence Performance Project, a troupe of actors she formed to present true stories of women escaping, and healing from, domestic violence.
See the Troubling Violence Performance Project :
• Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m.: Center for Documentary Studies, Duke
• Directions: http://cds.aas.duke.edu/about/here.html
• Friday, November 4, 7 p.m.: Center for Dramatic Art, Room 101, UNC
• Directions: http://www.unc.edu/maps/index.htm?q=center%20for%20dramatic%20arts
Lawless spent a sabbatical year volunteering at a shelter for women fleeing domestic violence, which led her to more than a decade of exploration and advocacy, including the forming of the Performance Project. During her time at the shelter she discovered that the stories women are expected to tell in order to receive support and legal protection are quite different from the stories they most need to tell in order to heal and move on confidently with their lives. Courts, psychologists, and curious sympathizers ask to hear all the hideous details of abuse. Lawless discovered, however, that left to their own devices, women began to tell stories that omit the abuse, thus making the woman, rather than the abuser, the active agent in her life.
Go to either Duke or UNC on the appropriate day and see this performance. It is sure to be awesome!