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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors


Thank you for joining us for the final performance of Behind Closed Doors on October 24, 2016 at Trinity Repertory Company.

This year, tickets sold out in record time. We are so moved by the incredible outpouring of support from our allies and community. Thank you to all of our supporters and partners who have made this performance such a success!

About Behind Closed Doors:

Behind Closed Doors is an original play written and performed by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR. This performance is a true account of their experiences with domestic violence, hope, and survival, seeking to draw you into their lives to dispel the stigmas of this often misunderstood abuse. The script was crafted by Trinity Repertory Company teaching artists Michael Williams and Francesca Montanile, who mentored the SOAR members in cultivating their performances. The play was developed over ten 90-minute sessions in which the survivors journaled, wrote poetry, and told stories that were weaved into a play composed completely of their own words. The women speak both their own words and the words of their fellow survivors.

Reflections on Behind Closed Doors 

 "It was the most compelling presentation regarding domestic violence I have seen. With real-life stories presented in a creative way, the play took the audience from early warning signs of domestic violence, to psychological control and physical abuse, to escape and finally ongoing survivorship; it encompassed all aspects of the cycle of violence. The strength of the fifteen women presenting their stories was inspiring on many levels. Everyone should view this play, especially young people starting out in new relationships." ~ Peter Kilmartin, RI Attorney General 

"Behind Closed Doors was such an inspiring, educational, and emotional presentation." ~ Student 

"My initial reaction was summed up into one word: wow. There were more emotions expressed in that play than any other play that I have ever been to, and this I feel is important because it was real-life experiences that were being told." 

"I would like to start off by saying that this was the most influential school event that I have been to in my college career. The courage that these women put on display to tell their stories was something that I had never seen before. I am thankful that I was there to witness it."