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Dmae Roberts presents a ‘Making Change’ feature story  of the women behind Stories: From Survivors of the Sex Trade, a performance produced by Lunacy Stageworks. And in the second part of the show, we’ll hear about The Tripping Point, an exhibition of fairytale installations at Shaking The Tree Theatre. (Aired Tues. Jan.24th at 11am on KBOO 90.7 FM & Sat. Jan.28th at 11am on KZME 107.1 FM)

As part of this years Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, Lunacy Stageworks produces another important story providing a hard-to-come by connection; this time to the reality of what women endure through their stories from the front lines of Portland’s sex trade. Last year, Lunacy Stageworks also participated in Fertile Ground with Stories: from the Streets, a collection of readings written and performed by people who had experienced homelessness.

In reality most of these girls are forced into it, sometimes even sold into it by a parent. Jeri Sundvall-Williams and Rachel Indigo Cerise Baum tell their stories of exploitation as young girls, survival, and growth as women. As their stories unfold, audiences’ perceptions of prostitution are forever changed, bringing about awareness and a call to action.

Dmae Roberts presents a feature piece, the first one of the year-long series ‘Making Change’ funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and individual donors including June Arima & John Schumann Fund of the Equity Foundation.Making Change’ is a series of  artistic feature stories and documentary specials about the intersection of creativity and social change.  These features and specials will air throughout the year. Find out how you can support ‘Making Change.’

Stories: From Survivors of the Sex Trade

Directed by: Ann Singer
Venue: Sellwood Masonic Temple  | 7126 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Festival Dates: Jan. 27th, 28th 8:00-9:oo PM
Reception following performance on 28th by Artemis Foods
Tickets $7 advance; $10 door | 503.205.0715
Jeri Sundvall-Williams

Jeri Williams is a Neighborhood Program Coordinator for the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the City of Portland. She manages the Diversity and Civic Leadership program which funds Communities of Color and Immigrant Refugee communities to train their constituencies on Civic Engagement with the City of Portland.Sundvall-Williams dedicates her free time to work with victims of human trafficking, sustainability, community organizing and environmental justice.

Rachel Indigo Cerise Baum

An out, proud, LGBTQI senior advocate, writer, artist, Rachel is currently a Resident Property Manager at the Housing Authority of Clackamas County. As a former volunteer and subsequent senior program coordinator for Elder Resource Alliance(ERA), of Portland Oregon, Cerise Baum worked directly with and for hundreds of LGBTQI seniors for 7 years.

And in the second part of the show, Dmae talks with Samantha Van Der Merwe about The Tripping Point: an exhibition of fairytale installations – Featuring Playwrights West.

Over the course of ten days (during the Fertile Ground Festival), Shaking The Tree studio will house a collection of live fairytale installations. Audiences will be free to roam from exhibit to exhibit and intimately observe the musings of some well know fairytale characters and a few they might not have encountered yet. All these characters share a common thread. They’ve all made choices, events have shaped them and they’ve all had a “tripping point” or “tripping points” where things could have gone one way or another but their decisions have led them to where they are now.

Location:   Shaking The Tree Theatre, 1407 SE Stark St Dates: Jan 26th – Feb 5th

Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00pm & Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. The show is recommended for ages 16 & up.

Tickets: $15 online/ $17 at the door.

Book tickets online at www.shaking-the-tree.com Or call the box office at 503 235-0635

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