The Women’s Voices Project: Speak From the Heart

Created and performed by the women of the CPT/Elyria YWCA Women’s Voices Project

May 13, 2009

7:00pm, First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C.

60 min

A powerful evening of original works of drama, story and poetry created and performed by women in transition. Established in 1999, the Women’s Voices Project is a collaboration between Cleveland Public Theatre and the Elyria YWCA’s Women’s Campus Project. Women’s Voices connects Campus Project residents with the tools of creative expression to help them achieve independent living and recover from domestic violence, addiction and other adversities. Following performances at Cleveland Public Theatre and the Elyria YWCA, the women tour their work to area churches, shelters, recovery centers and prisons.

Tickets: FREE


Featuring Bethany Joy Aleshire, Katie Brown, Joyce Carey, Mary Demmy, Tonia Eber, Debbie Fesler, Michaela Joyce, Debi Kruzyk, Crystal L. Luciano, Sarah Pietch, Sharlene Royster, Ryan V., Theresa Tobin

CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents readings of new work from the CPT/Elyria YWCA Women’s Voices Project entitled:

Speak from the Heart
Wednesday, May 13
7:00pm
First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C.
106 N. Main St.
Oberlin, OH

Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. Each performance will be followed by a post-show discussion and reception.

Under the guidance of CPT Education Director Chris Seibert, Women’s Voices participants have worked with gifted local artists Deborah Burke, Sheffia Randall Dooley, Jacqueline Westhead and Elizabeth R. Wood.

Together, the artists and the residents have engaged in writing and dramatic activities to improvise and verbalize stories that are born from the truth of difficult life circumstances. “When deciding on a title for this year’s production, so many of the women wanted it to be known that these writings come from their heart – a place that is deeply honest and central to who they are,” says CPT Education Director Chris Seibert. “Once audience members hear the work that these women have created, the fact that the writing is straight from the heart will be abundantly clear. As audience members and witnesses to that kind of sharing…all I can say is how lucky we all are.”

A heartfelt event you won’t want to miss!

Speak from the Heart features work by Bethany Joy Aleshire, Katie Brown, Joyce Carey, Mary Demmy, Tonia Eber, Debbie Fesler, Michaela Joyce, Debi Kruzyk, Crystal L. Luciano, Sarah Pietch, Sharlene Royster, Ryan V. and Theresa Tobin.

The 2008-09 Women’s Voices Project is made possible by the generous support of The Elyria YWCA, The Nord Family Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation and KeyBank.

For more information about The Women’s Voices Project or CPT’s Education programming please contact Chris Seibert, Education Director, at 216.631.2727 x 201 or cseibert@cptonline.org