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Project Shattered Silence June 12-15
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CLEARWATER - Project: Shattered Silence is an original production developed by artistic director Jared O'Roark at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

It features the real-life experiences of young people in the local community told in their voice and touches on topics that all ages can relate to. Returning for it's sixth original production this summer following sold out performances the last five years, the primary focus of Compositions is personal identity.

Performances are June 12-15 at the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Engaging and empowering audiences with its unique style of “reality theatre,” Project: Shattered Silence delves into the minds and lives of those we pass every day on the street. While drawing from the personal lives of teenagers, Project: Shattered Silence intends to demonstrate a bigger message: that the road to healing begins when you find the courage to open your heart and share your own story.

While the piece is theatrical in nature, it is not “acted” in the traditional sense. The stories are real and often shocking, largely due to the experiences courageously shared with audiences are actual parts of these very teens’ own and deeply personal lives. A unique production, the performance illustrates “the catharsis of a group of courageous teenagers who were willing to bare their souls, and share their intriguing, heart-wrenching stories of struggle and survival, rejection and acceptance, and ultimately unwavering hope.” This year’s production focuses on personal identity, with topics including personal appearance, gangs, family, and death, several of which include special contributions by family members.

Project: Shattered Silence recently caught the eye of local community public television station WEDU-PBS who partnered with Ruth Eckerd Hall to document the 10-month journey leading up to last summer’s production of Project: Shattered Silence – In the Blue Hour. The documentary, which is currently airing on WEDU stations across the nation and online, was also condensed into a special 8 minute segment of which was awarded a Suncoast Emmy Award this past year.

When asked to describe the performance Tampa Bay author Elisabeth Lanser-Rose commented “You love the performers for having the courage to trust you. You feel grateful for that trust. You feel exhilarated because they took the risk to reveal an underlying human truth: ‘Healing begins when you find the courage to share your own story.’ If these kids can do it, you can do it. If these kids who feel unlovable are so lovable, maybe you are, too.”

Tickets are priced at $15 and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.R­uthEc­kerdH­all.c­om.

Project: Shattered Silence available to PBS

Project: Shattered Silence will be available to PBS stations to broadcast throughout the 2014 Season.

The hour-long documentary Project: Shattered Silence, a co-production of Ruth Eckerd Hall and WEDU PBS, was accepted for national distribution by American Public Television. PBS stations throughout the nation will be able to include the program in their schedules beginning in August 2014.
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