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In Their Shoes—Exploring Domestic Violence Through Theater

A new family-run black theater company in the Triangle is presenting two companion one-act plays that encourage men and women to come together to address violence against women. 

From the Boot of Timberland and Good Brother, written by mother-daughter pair Robin Marshall and Monet Marshall, respectively, share some of the same characters and themes, but approach the issues from different points of view; From the Boot of Timberland features an all-female cast of women of different ethnicities, and Good Brother features a cast of five black men. A counselor is present at all performances, and many include talk-backs and facilitated conversations to encourage the audience to talk honestly about generational cycles of abuse, street harassment, and the relationship between being both oppressed and an oppressor, specifically among American-American men. 

The plays are on stage at Common Ground Theatre in Durham October 10th and 11th at 8 p.m.  Host Frank Stasio talks with director and playwright Monet Noelle Marshall, playwright and actor Robin Carmon Marshall, and actors Marcus Zollicoffer and Alexus Wilcox

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Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.