The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present five performances of “Voices of Hope: Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence” November 1-4 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.

Written by Pamela Lassiter Cathey, “Voices of Hope” is a docudrama that is based on true stories, and breaks through the silence surrounding the many casualties of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Title IX abuses with startling, honest, and powerful personal encounters. The SMC production is directed by Terrin Adair, with music direction by Karen Benjamin.

The performances are sponsored by the City of Santa Monica and the SMC Associates (www.smc.edu/associates), a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus.

A panel discussion and audience Q&A follow each performance. Panel members will include representatives from the Rape Treatment Center, SMC Title IX Office, SMC Center for Wellness and Wellbeing, Santa Monica Police Department, SMC Police Department, Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and Center for the Pacific-Asian Family.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, and on Sunday, November 4.

Admission is free ($10 donation suggested). Donations will go toward Title IX education and training.

Seating is on a first-arrival basis, with no late seating. No video feed offered in lobby area. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends.

For more information, contact Johnnie Adams, Chief of the SMC Police Department at 310-434-4302 or Adams_Johnnie@smc.edu.

Submitted by Grace Smith

Voices of Hope: The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Voices of Hope: Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence” at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3; with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, and on Sunday, November 4. Free ($10 donation suggested).

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