About the project
The Domestic Violence Project is a public health project that presents scenes from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire as a catalyst for guided discussions about the impact of domestic violence on individuals, couples, children, caregivers, and communities. This unique participatory event is designed to generate open discussion among audiences to raise awareness, foster compassion, and inspire action with regard to the consequences of domestic violence as experienced by individuals, couples, children, and communities. This project premiered in Portland, Maine in 2013 through a collaboration with the Maine Humanities Council, and has since been presented on university campuses and military installations throughout the country. Under our current Public Artist in Residence initiative, the project has been presented in public high schools, public housing developments, libraries, and community centers in partnership with the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence.
About the play
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The Domestic Violence Project presents scenes 3 and 4 from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, depicting the infamous poker night and its aftermath in Williams’ iconic American play: Stanley and the boys are up late playing poker in small apartment where he lives with his wife, Stella. When Stella and her sister Blanche arrive home, a violent altercation ensues, and when the drunken Stanley becomes violent, his friends are forced to pin him down while Stella retreats to a neighbor’s home. Stanley’s breaks down and begs Stella to come back to him, which she does. The next day Blanche confronts Stella over Stanley’s behavior and, much to her surprise, learns that Stella does not wish to leave Stanley.
Addiction & Substance AbuseThe Dionysus Project
The Dionysus Project is an innovative public health project that presents readings of scenes from Euripides' Bacchae, an ancient Greek play about the destructive power of intoxication, as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of substance abuse and addiction upon individuals, families, and communities. The project uses an ancient Greek tragedy, written nearly 2500 years ago, to engage audiences in crucial discussions about the timelessness of the human struggle with substance abuse and addiction, as well as resources and solutions that communities can utilize today.
Refugees & ImmigrationThe Suppliants Project
The Suppliants Project tells the timeless story of fifty female refugees seeking asylum at a border from forced marriage and domestic violence. The play not only depicts the struggle of these women to cross into safety, but also the internal struggle within the city that ultimately receives them. Using a 2,500-year-old tragedy by Aeschylus as a catalyst for powerful gatherings and crucial conversations, The Suppliants Project engages diverse audiences in humanizing, constructive dialogue about the challenges and impact of war, migration, and seeking asylum.
Political ViolenceActs of Violence
Acts of Violence presents scenes from Seneca's Thyestes, a Roman tragedy that was written during the gruesome reign of Nero, as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of political violence upon individuals, families, caregivers, health and human rights advocates, communities, and nations.