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April Showers Awareness 4 Alcoholism, Autism, Poetry & Jazz

April showers spotlight alcoholism, autism, poetry, jazz and many more social justice, health and arts annual awareness initiatives. The light also shines awareness for the environment, sexual assault and child abuse. Designated days include Earth Day, World Health Day and Walking Day, to name just a few. Here’s a topline of April’s finest that are adjusted to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH – celebrates poetry’s vital place in our culture. Born out of inspiration by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in 1996. It has become the largest literary celebration in the world with tens of millions of readers, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, bloggers and poets celebrating the designated month. To join the celebration and for inspiration, visit the National Poetry Month’s ’30 Ways to Celebrate’ page, click here.

April sparks spotlight alcoholism, poetry, autism, jazz

NATIONAL ALCOHOLISM MONTH – Established in 1987 by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCAAD) to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism. The objective is to encourage communities to reach out to the public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. It is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

“Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage’” is this year’s theme. April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism — particularly among our youth — and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. For a complete event guide click here.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH – This nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination began by the Autism Society. As the nation’s leading grassroots organization, they raise awareness and advocate for persons with ASD so that they, too, have the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Each year, tens of thousands face an autism diagnosis.

The focus is to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation — inclusion in schools and communities that results in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people. One step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.

April showers spotlight alcoholism, poetry, autism, jazz

April 2nd is World Autism Day. This is the signature campaign of Autism Speaks. They are joined every year by the international autism community and recognize the UN-sanctioned day and World Autism Month by encouraging everyone and every entity to ‘light blue’ in support of people living with autism. Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join hundreds of thousands of homes and communities around the world to “light blue”.

April Showers

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH (SAAM) – this initiative raises public awareness about sexual violence and educates communities on how to prevent it. The 2020 Theme continues the SAAM campaign “I Ask” for the second year, but with a twist in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is highlighting how to practice consent online and in everyday life. This year’s campaign is raising awareness that consent is essential in all interactions, whether face-to-face or virtually.

April sparks spotlight alcoholism, poetry, autism, jazz

JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH (“JAM”) – was created at the National Museum of American History in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

Women in JAZZ. This year, JAM celebrates the dynamic impact of the often-overlooked contributions that women have made to jazz, both on and off the stage. As performers and conductors, educators, and producers and directors of jazz festivals, women have made their mark but have continued to struggle for recognition on par with their male counterparts..

Whether you fancy the arts, health or social issues, April 2020 offers opportunities in all sectors to help ignite awareness and carry on the Spark.

Stay Safe, Stay Well, Stay Home, practice Social Distancing, Stop the Spread to Crush The Curve.

*This post has been updated for 2020.

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March Ignites Awareness for Women, Nutrition, Reading +

March ignites for a multitude of awareness initiatives: Women’s History Month, Nutrition, Reading, Brain Injury, Music in Our Schools and so many more. We highlight a few annual campaigns.

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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Women’s History Month celebrates women and their accomplishments. This year’s theme: “Valiant Women of the Vote” celebrates the women who have fought for a woman’s right to vote in the United States.

This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment and The Women’s History Alliance is honoring women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all.

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While the concept of Women’s History Month began in the 1970s, it wasn’t until 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared a proclamation. By 1987, the advocacy efforts came to fruition when Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: March 8th is the annual INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY — A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

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MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®) is the annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

This year’s theme is ‘Music Changes Lives.” Now in it’s 35th year, MIOSM is organized by National Association for Music Education (NAFME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.

“Every day, in classrooms and rehearsal rooms across America, music educators bring that theme to life. And we know from ongoing testimonials that those connections have a profound and positive effect on students and on entire communities,” — Michael J. Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO

At a time when funding for the arts and school funding for arts programs looms large, advocacy initiatives like MIOSM could not be more important than now.

State music education associations are conducting their own advocacy days this spring at state capitols to support music education for all students. Ensembles are performing at their state capitols and local communities to demonstrate the importance of music education.

March sparks ignite 4 women's history, music education, brain injury

BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

Brain Injury Awareness Month – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing the month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year.

The theme for the 2018 to 2020 campaign is Change Your Mind. This campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.

BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS DAY IS MARCH 4

Founded in 1980, the Brain Injury Association of America is the oldest, largest and only nationwide brain injury advocacy organization in the U.S. As the voice of brain injury, BIAA provides help, hope and healing for the millions of Americans who sustain this life-altering, sometimes devastating, injury.

March ignites awareness for many other important initiatives this month including for Colorectal Cancer and Nutrition.

Awareness Days:

March 1stWorld Zero Discrimination Day and Self Injury Awareness Day

March 2ndRead Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Day

March 3rd: World Wildlife Day

March 8th: International Women’s Day

March 21stInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22ndWorld Water Day

Awareness Weeks:

March 8th – 14thNational Sleep Awareness Week

March 30 – April 3National Youth Violence Prevention Week

The growing unrest in the United States and Internationally on some of our most pressing issues as gun violence, cancer, equality, the environment and more underscores the importance of continuing to raise awareness and advocate for reform and permanent solutions and cures. While here you will find a few of the month’s annual campaigns, you can find support and advocacy efforts happening every day of the year. Enough is Never Enough!

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Mondo NYC Ignites in Hip Williamburg

Mondo NYC Ignites in Hip Williamsburg

Mondo NYC ignites in hip Williamsburg this week from October 15 thru 18. The Brooklyn conference brings emerging music and ‘frontier’ technology to the forefront along with music showcases — scattered around the big Apple.

Music mogul and philanthropist Michael Dorf (Citi Winery) and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton are among the distinguished inspiring speakers.

Check out the full schedule at mondo.nyc.

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October Awareness Month 2019

October is the month of awareness for Domestic Violence, Bullying Prevention, Breast Cancer, Mental Health and a slew of other equally important health and social issues that plague our society.  Support your cause and be an agent of change. Here’s the highlighted list for October 2019.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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National Bullying Prevention Month 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month (Go Green)
Healthy Lungs Month
National Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Spinal Health Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Talk About Prescriptions Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Hunger Awareness Month

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MOJO’s BENEFIT CONCERT for KIDS with CANCER

MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Mojo's Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care

Six World Renowned Acts

 Featuring MOJO & THE BAYOU GYPSIES
with Face Off Unlimited, Clinard Dance, Addi & Jacq, Baritoned  and Face Vocal Band

WHAT:  MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care & Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:00PM to 11:30PM

WHERE:  Connolly’s Klub 45 (Times Square)
121 West 45th St • New York, NY 10036
(Cash Bar & Food for Purchase)

DONATIONS = TICKETS*

TICKETS*: $25 (GA) – $100 (VIP)
See below for full Donation Levels for Tickets 

*100% of Donation/Ticket Price Benefits MSKCC

TO DONATE FOR TICKET: MOJO Concert/MSKCC Donor Page

(KEEP YOUR RECEIPT for CONCERT ENTRY)

YOUR DONATION DOUBLES as CONCERT ENTRY)

*Donation Levels for Tickets:
$25 Donation   = SRO
$50 Donation   = GA Seating
$100 Donation = VIP with Table Seating

ONLINE ONLY TICKET PACKAGES!
$225 Online Donation = 10 SRO Admissions
$450 Online Donation = 10 Seated Admissions
$900 Online Donation = 10 VIP Admissions with Table Seating


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

MOJO & THE BAYOU GYPSIES
9:00PM & 10:15PM
“When MOJO moves in… the place ROCKS!” Chicago Tribune

FACE OFF Unlimited @ 7:30PM
Laugh your face off! “Really funny!” The New York Times

CLINARD DANCE @ 8:00PM
“A contemporary dance company rooted in flamenco” MacArthur Award Grantees

Addi & Jacq @ 8:30PM
Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC”!

Baritoned @ 9:45PM
“A farcical concert trio that will dazzle your senses!”

FACE Vocal Band @ 10:45PM
“Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies,
brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing!”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the largest privately operated non-profit cancer center in the world. MSKCC is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer, advanced research, and training healthcare professionals in the specialties and sub specialties of cancer care.

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Abbe Sparks Media Group
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November Ignites Awareness for Diabetes, Giving Tuesday +

November ignites awareness for Diabetes, Giving Tuesday, Health, Writing and more. We give thanks this month on Thanksgiving Day and Giving Tuesday, but November is also host to many more wonderful awareness observances in the health, arts and social arenas.

Health observances include National Diabetes Awareness Month and No-Shave November. Social issue initiatives include Adaption Awareness Month and Native American Heritage Month. And, in the Arts arena, November sparks a spotlight on National Novel Writing Month. Show your love; support your cause and be an Agent of Change!

november ignites awarenessNATIONAL DIABETES MONTH is observed every November so individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.

This year, the National Diabetes Education Program theme is: Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It. This theme highlights the importance of managing diabetes to prevent diabetes-related health problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, and amputation. The theme also serves as a reminder to people who may be struggling with the demands of managing diabetes that they are not alone.

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 of them don’t know they have it.

– There are three main types of diabetes:  type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant, which can put the pregnancy and baby at risk and lead to type 2 diabetes later).

WORLD DIABETES DAY – November 14th. World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006.

The theme for WDD 2017 is Women and Diabetes. The campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women. — International Diabetes Federation

 

november ignites awarenessNO-SHAVE NOVEMBER. Every November, this web-based nonprofit organization hosts a month-long campaign, where participants skip shaving and grooming for the entire month in order to stimulate conversation and raise cancer awareness and funds for prevention, research and education.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing your hair — which many cancer patients lose — and letting it grow wild and free. The money usually spent on grooming can then be donated to the cause.

If you don’t want to be hairy for the month, you can still show your love for this worthy cause by supporting a friend who is partaking.

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NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH (NaNoWriMo) – One of my favorite observances. Held every November since 1999, this nonprofit sparks the creative writing gene in us all — empowering and encouraging vibrant creativity around the world.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

 

november ignites awarenessNATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH  Also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month also aims to educate the general public about tribes, to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

 

november ignites awarenessGIVING TUESDAY. November 28th.  Now in its sixth year, this awareness initiative is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

november ignites awarenessNovember is a very giving time of the year. We have lots to give thanks for and what better time than during the annual Thanksgiving holiday. So many causes, observances and creative challenges this month. — Abbe is Socially Sparked™ Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01

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Why Women Roar for Equality

I Am Woman Hear Me Roar

Why do women roar for equality? It is incredulous that in 2017, this question still needs to be answered. But, after a recent personal encounter with a millennial young woman, I realized the importance of reiterating to the masses of men and women why women roar for equality. Our next generations of women fully need to comprehend why they are partaking in events as The Women’s March.

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“Joy” – the young millenial woman and the inspiration for this story. Photo credit: Abbe Sparks

“I AM STRONG, I AM INVINCIBLE, I AM WOMAN”

 

A new Off-Broadway Musical called ‘This One’s For The Girls’ is the impetus behind the question. Written by Dorothy Marcic, the show takes the audience through the decades of a woman — from the 1900s to present day — portraying the roles of women through drama and song. Forty of the Top 40 Hit songs about women are thread throughout the production including “Stand By Your Man,” “I Want to be Loved by You,” “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend,” “I Will Follow Him,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Respect,” ‘I Am Women” and “This Girl’s on Fire.”

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Traci Bair, Aneesa Folds, Haley Swindal in ‘This One’s For the Girls’. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

One of the scenes depicts the original American teenage girls from the 60s, waiting anxiously by the old-fashioned phone for a boy to call. We’re talking pre-cell phones, internet, Facebook, Snapchat and the like. It was at that point, that the young millennial women named Joy turned to me asking if that really happened?

Incredulous, right? It was at that point that I realized how uninformed our next generation — especially of women — are on the hows and whys of the women’s movement. I am guestimating that most of the young girls and women who advocated and walked during this year’s Women’s March were clueless on how long the female sex has been striving for equality and the long history of why women are roaring now.

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Left-Rt: The Stars Jana Robbins, Aneesa Folds, Haley Swindal, Traci Bair. photo credit: Carole Rosegg, Broadway World

Couple that with a backdrop of slides showing photographs of prominent women and men over the century who have helped to frame the woman’s role such as civil rights activist Rosa Parks, heart throbs Bobby Darrin and David Cassidy, women’s advocate Gloria Steinhem, Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda, musician Janice Joplin — the list is endless.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss When It Comes To Women’s Equality

“Every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” — Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News

As a mother to a millennial, I speak the truth when I say, “every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” I repeat, “ignorance is not bliss” but an eye opener to the evolution of a women’s role in society and the women’s movement.

I leave you with a quote I heard from Together For Girls‘ Daniela Ligiero cited from an ancient Chinese proverb.

“When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move.”

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‘This One’s For The Girls’, written by Dorothy Marcic is playing open-ended at St. Luke’s Theatre Off-Broadway in New York City. Visit their website for ticket information. http://thisonesforthegirlsthemusical.com

 

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SHE HAS A NAME Opens Off-Broadway 10/26

Ripple Effect Artists Reprise of SHE HAS A NAME Opens Off-Broadway 10/26 at The Sargent Theatre

A Ripple Effect Artists Presentation of the play by Andrew Kooman

 

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Featured: Actress Jessica Grant as Number 18/Voice #1 in SHE HAS A NAME

Ripple Effect Artists will reprise its 2017 Off-Broadway production SHE HAS A NAME, the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman about sex trafficking at the Sargent Theatre from October 26 thru November 5 for nine performances. In conjunction with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, each performance includes an educational talk-back by experts and/or survivors, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Gems (Girls Educating & Mentoring. Each show begins at 8:00pm, plus four matinees: October 28, 29, November 4 & 5. Tickets are $40 general admission and can be purchased through Ripple Effect Artists website:  https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-reprise/   The Sargent Theatre is located at 314 West 54th Street, NYC. Ripple Effect Artists is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that moves audiences from apathy to action through art, creating a Ripple Effect.

SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.

Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh. The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.

Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.  www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

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WHAT: SHE HAS A NAME, Ripple Effect Artists’ production of the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman

WHEN: October 26, 27, 28, 29 and November 2, 4 & 5

TIME:  8:00pm – 10:00pm all dates, plus 4 matinees

MATINEES:     October 28,   2:00pm – 4:00pm

October 29,   3:00pm – 5:00pm

November 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

November 5, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

 

TALKBACKS: 10:00pm – 10:30pm

WHERE: The Sargent Theatre, 314 West 54th Street, NYC

TICKET PRICE*: $40

TICKET WEBSITE: https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-reprise/

*A portion of the proceeds benefit Gems (Girls Education & Mentoring Services) and Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/rippleeffectartists

 

she has a name opens off-broadwaySYNOPSIS: SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.

 

ABOUT SHE HAS A NAME: Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh. The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE ISSUE

Trafficking of women and children globally is a $32 Billion industry. Many people think this is only a third world issue, but that is not true. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that between 2008 and 2010, 83% of sex trafficking victims found within the U.S. were U.S. citizens, and 40% of those victims were children. In NYC alone, it is a $1 Billion industry. Only a few months ago, The New York Post uncovered a Brooklyn Brothel that was secretly a front for human trafficking. Furthermore, the majority – upwards of 85% in some states – of trafficked children have had contact with the foster care system. Our nation’s foster care systems do not have the appropriate resources to address the epidemic of trafficking minors. The Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R.469) will change this by providing child welfare agencies with training and guidelines for working with youth who have been or currently are victims of trafficking.

 

ABOUT RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS: Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.  www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director: Jana Robbins

Stage Manager: Heather Klein

Executive Director, Jessie Fahay

 

CAST:

Ali/Voice 4 ……………………………………………………………………Jessica Jennings

Marta/Voice 3………………………………………………………………..Jessie Fahay

Voice 1/Number 18…………………………………………………………Jessica Grant

Mama/Voice2…………………………………………………………………LeDawna Akins

Jason/Pimp…………………………………………………………………….Tim Dowd