“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and Prayer: Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls” was performed on March 20, 2013 in the Theo School Chapel by a stunning group of men and women (including Dean Kuan, faculty and students) to bring awareness to the ever-present topic of violence against women.
There was barely a dry eye in the chapel as the actors and actresses gave stories about human trafficking, abuse, war, and violence. “I’m so grateful to be part of a community that sees ministry in movements like this,” said co-director and TSA President Janessa Chastain, “It’s a radical thing to tell these stories from a chapel, and to acknowledge the work of God in the telling and the pain. I hope to see the monologues continue next year, and I hope that we all grow to understand that none of these are just women’s issues.” And the two male performers, Dean Kuan and Paul Smith, were very powerful components to the performance and demonstrated that very fact: violence against women is an issue that affects everyone.
Many thanks to both Janessa and Claire Saunders for their hard work in putting this production together, it was a magnificent and moving performance.