Break the Silence – An Evening of Drama, Poetry, Dance and Music Exploring Dating Violence

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 7:30pm
Jonas Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road, Lexington, MA

Free and open to the public – reserve seats online here

Lexington’s Munroe Saturday Nights, in collaboration with the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, Waltham-based REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is creating an evening of original artistic performance focusing on relationship violence. The program uses drama, music, poetry, and dance to shine a light on how relationships become violent, how victims and observers can recognize the signs, and how concerned friends and family can intervene in the cycle that leads to violence.

The program’s primary audiences are middle school, high school, and college age students in the greater Boston area, as well as their parents, teachers, and friends. After the performance program, the audience will be invited to engage in conversation guided by experts, educators, and counselors in the field. Silence – and the ignorance it breeds – makes young women and men more vulnerable to relationship violence.

Program development has been informed by individuals with first-hand experience with relationship violence and the efforts to prevent and overcome it. Lauren Dunne Astley was a self-possessed young woman of energy, hope, and caring who had a passion for the arts. This special evening of performance will use the arts Lauren loved to help others avoid her own tragic experience.

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