A MUTUAL ONUS, a play written by AAUW CA Program Director, Cathy Foxhoven, will be performed at Academy of Arts University, 79 New Montgomery, Theatre, San Francisco April 20th, 7PM.
One of the actresses, fourth from the left in the photo, is Sejal Parek, niece of Director Bakula Maniar.
Cathy is excited to report that, due to Holly Kearl's recent coverage of the play in AAUW Dialog, branches in Illinois and Colorado are interested in performing it.
Here is Cathy's explanation of why she wrote the play:
What is a “mutual onus”? The definition of “onus” is a burden or a responsibility – a duty. “Mutual” means… share.
One of my dear friends from AAUW, Diane Silven, gave me a copy of HALF THE SKY for Christmas two years ago. I began reading it and found it so disturbing that I couldn’t read it at night – it was hard to sleep. I could only read it while traveling on Cal Train to teach in San Francisco.
The stories of global women’s issues were so powerful, and in finishing the book, I knew that I couldn’t ignore their plight. I had to do more than making a donation – I had to tell those stories in the only way I could – through the power of theatre. It became an “onus” and I needed to share this responsibility with others.
A MUTUAL ONUS is a compilation of monologues about real women and their continued suffering in the developing countries, as well as here in our country. You will recognize their stories – only the names have been changed to protect their identities.
It is hard to imagine that such cruelty could be inflicted on anyone, but there is hope and help because of international outcries.
You have the opportunity to help these women and girls by seeing this production and generously donating to organizations that are helping give them hope and a future.
“34 Million Friends” provides for maternal health care – P.A.V.E. brings an awareness that we don’t need to suffer silently when we have been sexually violated.