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52 Letters: A Poetic Stage Play Bringing Awareness To The Fight Against Sex Trafficking

  • The Flight Deck 1540 Broadway Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

52 Letters:
A Poetic Stage Play
Bringing Awareness To The Fight Against Sex Trafficking

Friday-Saturday, September 18-19, 8:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

52 Letters is a one-woman poetic stage play, written and performed by Oakland Native Regina Y. Evans. Through the use of poetry and Negro Spirituals, 52 Letters brings awareness to the tragedy of sex trafficking and its effects upon American youth and women. 52 Letters is Directed by Ayodele Nzinga, Founding Director of The Lower Bottom Playaz.

52 Letters was honored to win a 2013 Best Of The San Francisco Fringe Festival Award and is performed by Evans throughout the Bay Area.

In his review of 52 Letters, SF Chronicle Theater Critic, Robert Hurwitt, wrote, "Evans, who opens her solo on a slave auction block - large male handprints all over her arms - calls herself an Abolitionist. The slavery she's combatting with impressive performance skills, concentrated poetry and moral fervor is the invidious plague of child rape, here and elsewhere. A mesmerizing blend of scathing personal stories, incantatory phrases, artful oratory and movement, this is theater as essential wake-up call."

The September 18-19 performance at The Flight Deck marks and honors the one year anniversary of Regina's Door Vintage Boutique, a social enterprise to support young sex trafficking survivors in the Bay Area. Regina's Door was founded by Regina Y. Evans and is in partnership with the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking organization, Love Never Fails. The boutique employs, trains, and mentors at-risk youth. Regina's Door is the 2015 Oakland Indie Award Winner for Social Changemaker.

There will be discussion panels with leading Bay Area Abolitionists after each performance. A massive thank you to the panel participants:

Benita Hopkins of Love Never Fails, Sarai Theolinda Smith-Mazariegos  of S.H.A.D.E. and M.I.S.S.S.E.Y., Falilah Aisha Bilal of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y., Pastor Larry Austin of The Purpose Project, Brian Wo of B.A.A.T.C., Les Higashi, Abolitionist, Pastor Timothy Russell  of LIFT Ministries, and Dave Nederhood, Abolitionist. 

The Friday night panel will be moderated by Love Never Fails Founder and Executive Director, Vanessa Marie Johnson Russell!