There's NO excuse. For ABUSE.
FIGHT FOR CHANGE.with Us.
Prime Stage Theatre is set right in the heart of Pittsburgh, as a resident company of the New Hazlett Theatre Performing Arts Center on the North Side. Our mission is to entertain, enrich, and educate students, educators, and theatre-lovers in the discovery of live theatre. As part of our commitment to education and enriching students in our community, we are committed to offering a unique experience through our TeenBoard and Technical Mentoring programs.
FIGHT FOR CHANGE.with Knowledge.
After hearing about the tragic death of Demi Cuccia, the Prime Stage Teen Boardwas inspired to tell the story of countless victims through the power of theatre, as their Annual Service Learning Project. The creation of the one-act play, Everything is Fineis the centerpiece of this program.
The Everything is Fine program has traveled to schools and community groups across the city of Pittsburgh and acquired endorsement by Futures Without Violence.Everything is Fine is sponsored by Highmark, and Teens 4 Change. The program has received attention from KDKA's Johnna Pro's Radio Program, an interview by State Representative Scott Conklin in Harrisburg, was , and most recently as the winner of the 2013 Peace Partner's Award given by the Center for Victims.
While the play has received great feedback and recognition, we want to ensure its relevancy and effectiveness for teens, teachers, and families since the play was written by teens over two years ago. As with any social issue, the facts and details change year to year, generation to generation, not to mention the chance in culture and psychology of the audience. In keeping with the same intent and focus, Prime Stage is workshopping the script to present the most relevant and effective program possible.
FIGHT FOR CHANGE.with the Arts.
Everything is Fine is a play that follows the story of a young girl whose picture perfect relationship turns from bad to worse. The program was inspired by the events surrounding Demi Cuccia, a high school sophomore who was brutally murdered by her boyfriend. Our goal in presenting this play and program is that it will blaze a trail of awareness, understanding, and hope to the countless teens and young adults who have found themselves or their friends in similar situations.
FIGHT FOR CHANGE.Together.
GET INVOLVED. 1 in 3 teens will experience an abusive relationship. It is time we stop talking about making change, and start DOING something. We are asking for you to open the doors of your business, schools, and communities and start spreading the word. We can not change the thinking of our communities on our own--we need YOUR HELP!
DONATE. In order for this program to run with full success, we need to workshop the show. A workshop is a brief but focused period of time where the creative team comes together to rewrite, and rehearse the play. Our workshop will take place over a two week period at the Father Ryan Arts Center. The total cost of the workshop is $7500. This cost includes facilities rental, director, playwrights, dramaturg, actors, printer, ink, paper, production costs, and marketing.
In addition to that, we would love to be able to give the program to schools or community groups who may not be able to fund it. Consider sponsoring a school or community group in South Western PA and funding the program for them. The total cost for Everything is Fine to come into a school is $700.
All donations are tax-deductible through Prime Stage's 501c3 Non Profit Status.
JOIN US. Come to the workshop event at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, and see the change beginning there. July 3, 2013 7pm. Free Admission.
Risks and challenges
A huge RISK in addressing this epidemic is the reluctance of schools and administrators to acknowledge the problem within their school and surrounding communities.
We are working to overcome this challenge by developing community partnerships with organizations dealing first hand with dating abuse. In addition, we are providing counselors and educators with a positive marketing campaign and resources to assist them in their schools and surrounding communities.