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Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse Step into the Light

Telling-Poster85x11-Oaasis-OSF Presented by Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service (OAASIS), in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s National Collaborative Arts Project.


In a society in which one out of four girls and one out of six boys have experienced child sex abuse, it remains a secret rarely shared. In the gripping play TELLING**, the true stories of seven adult survivors are woven together to create a tapestry of pain, secrecy, and ultimately, hope.

Using visual images, original music, movement, dance, and poetry, these brave residents of the Pacific Northwest share their personal stories of prolonged abuse by brothers, fathers, mothers, teachers, priests, babysitters, strangers and “friends” of the family.  With courage, some trepidation   and even some humor  they step onto the stage, into the light, and recount experiences that changed their lives dramatically.  Their stories are a roadmap to hope for other survivors.


A counselor will be present at the performance for anyone who may become distraught by the play’s content, which is powerful but not graphic.  Adult language will be used on stage.  Parental guidance is recommended for children under 13.

A talkback with actors/storytellers; director Jamie Rea; Executive Director of OAASIS, Klarissa Oh; and Founder & Executive Director of The Breathe Network, Molly Boeder Harris will be conducted after the performance, facilitated by journalist playwright Margie Boule.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Carpenter Hall
15 S Pioneer St.
Ashland Or  97520

September 29th, 2014
Monday at 7:00pm

$18 Adult | $15 Student/Seniors/Military
Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Purchase online HERE.

Written by Margie Boulé
Directed by Jamie M. Rea

Performers: Elise Bradley, Das Chapin, Cristi Dillon, Gabriel Mikalson, Gordon Romei, Carolee Horning, and Digene Farrar.

Design Team: Jamie M. Rea, Gordon Romei

**TELLING was inspired by the Secret Survivor series created by Ping Chong + Company in New York, which has provided funding and support for this production. The play also was made possible by a grant from the Ms. Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation.

TELLING is part of Ping Chong + Company’s Secret Survivors National Initiative to use theater to raise awareness around child sexual abuse. Modeled after the original Secret Survivors production, social service organizations around the country participated in arts and activism training with Ping Chong + Company, and are now creating their own theatrical productions and projects, featuring the voices and experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse. These productions will become tools for community-based dialogue and galvanize action as part of the national movement to end child sexual abuse. In addition to theatrical performances, Ping Chong + Company has created a documentary and toolkit Secret Survivors: Using Theater To Break the Silence, which is available for community and educational partners. For more information about the Secret Survivors National Initiative, please visit www.secretsurvivors.org, or contact Sara Zatz at sara@pingchong.org


Welcome to OAASIS. Whether you have experienced child sexual abuse, have concern about someone who has been victimized, want to know more about protecting your children, or simply stumbled upon us by accident, we are delighted that you are here.

We are a group, comprised primarily of survivors and allies of survivors, with a mission to build a movement to end child sex abuse through advocacy, prevention, and survivor support. This has been an exciting year for our young organization as we have doubled our team of volunteers, received our biggest grant – to date – from the Ms.Foundation for Women, been awarded a “Gloria Award” from Gloria Steinem, and have launched the Family Justice League of Oregon with two fabulous organizations, Voices Set Free and Partnership for Safety and Justice. In addition, we received a grant from the NoVo Foundation and were selected to participate in their groundbreaking “Move to End Violence” program!

As we enter a new year, our focus is to continue to break the silence and shame around child sexual abuse by offering presentations by our OAASIS Survivors Speakers Bureau to the community. Our speakers share their stories of abuse and healing, and equip audiences with practical tools and insight to protect children and to pursue healing. If you, your organization, social or civic group, classroom,or faith community is interested in booking a speaker, please contact us. (#503.274.1179)

We hope that our website will support you as you pursue the resources,information, and insight that you may need. Furthermore, our Facebook profile, OAASIS OREGON, offers further information and updates around our work and child sexual abuse. Please consider taking a look at it.

Thank you, again.


Klarissa Oh
Executive Director of OAASIS Oregon

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