I just wanted to post the official press release for the play.....( I hope I'm not overposting this 'story)
A year and a half ago I would never have dreamed her story would have gotten 'this big'...My ranting, my talking, writing, my Cries for Justice Propelled an Energy I Could Not Contain or Explain.
But Now We Have This Amazing piece of Art written by an incredible Playwright and Produced by the reputable Judy Hart (who Won Awards for Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia and The Lives of Afghanistan Woman>
The Lied Center in Lincoln Nebraska is a venue far beyond any we could have imagined when Becky Boesen approached me to write our story.
My Amanda...a vivacious, Energetic, Enthusiastic Young Mother Taken All Too Soon,
Taken Despite Our Pleas, Our Cries, Our Outrage.
All the While, Trying to Keep Faith in a System That Let Her Fall.
****But Amanda...............they're Listening Now, Baby.
Your Voice Will Be Heard Now.
****Thank you to all my PBT friends....you have encouraged, supported and held me up during the unthinkable.
And Still, We Are Far From the "End" of the Story----the Trial is to Begin Nov. 1st.
The last showing of the Play: Oct. 29th.
**At My Insistence, there is a Fund, Voices For Amanda
, that accepts donations so that women who are in shelters and treatment facilities, will have an opportunity to see the play. The Very thought that a Topic this Important would be 'locked away' for women (many like my daughter), who have barriers preventing them from walking into that lush theatre, with it's winding carpeted stairs and Burgundy Velvet Ropes.
PM me if anyone would like to contribute to this fund.**http://www.liedcenter.org/about/
“IN MY DAUGHTER’S NAME”
A DAUGHTER LOST TO VIOLENCE - A MOTHER’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS...
PLAY TO PREMIERE AT LIED IN OCTOBER
The Angels Theatre Company has announced that a new play based on the murder of a young woman by a former boyfriend will premiere in October at the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theatre in Lincoln. “In My Daughter’s Name” is by Becky Key Boesen, Lincoln playwright and actress. It will be directed by Judith K. Hart, a member of Actors’ Equity Association and founder of the Angels Theatre Company.
The play is inspired by the life and death of Amanda Thomas, the 27-year-old mother of two young children. On February 28, 2009 in Hannibal Missouri, Amanda was attacked while she slept, and stabbed to death by Manuel Cazares, her former domestic partner.
The play begins when the playwright, a young mother herself, meets Jody - Amanda’s mother, who lives in Utica, Nebraska. Their discussion focuses on memories of Amanda as a child and explores the events leading up to Amanda’s death, including the system loopholes she encountered while seeking protection from the father of her child. It is a play written to raise questions and awareness regarding domestic violence and to encourage dialogue among victims, advocates, law enforcement, first responders and community members.
Central themes in the play are human relationships, the cycle of violence, self-esteem, control issues and the need for unconditional love.
The Angels Theatre Company’s goal for this production is to work with local social service organizations to educate women, men and families about domestic violence; to educate theatre-goers about the community resources available for those facing violent situations in their own lives; and to encourage action to assist those in need of help.
The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. October 22 through 24 and October 26 through 29. All performances are in the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater, and each will be followed by a facilitated discussion.
A 2 p.m. performance also is scheduled for Sunday October 24. It will be followed by a formal panel discussion focusing on community resources.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for groups of 10 or more.
More information and tickets are available at www.angelscompany.org
or by calling 402-474-2206.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS include
Lied Center for Performing Arts
Voices of Hope
Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition
Hope Crisis Center
Woods Charitable Fund
Nebraska Arts Council
Judith K. Hart founded the Angels Theatre Company in 1992. Its mission is to provide opportunities for Lincoln talent, to nurture original works, to promote and encourage professional artistic growth and to give each company member access to a community of supportive individuals.
Hart is a recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Angels Theatre Company has received the Mayor’s Arts Awards for productions of “The Train” in 2007 and “Reviving Ophelia” in 2009.
The Angels Company looks at global issues through performance and they put women at the center of everything they do!
Rehearsal will begin September 12. Media are invited to attend rehearsal and take photos or record video by appointment.
• Angels Theatre Company - www.angelscompany.org
• Playwright Becky Key Boesen - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Director Judith Hart - 474-2206, email@example.com
• Jody Schaubroeck (mother of Amanda Thomas) - on Facebook at “Voices for Amanda”
“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger that things are the way they are.
Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”----Augustine