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UMFK to present domestic violence awareness show "That Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady"

January 21, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will bring a special presentation to the St. John Valley focused on calling attention to the serious issue of domestic violence on Sunday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

"That Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady", is a one-woman multimedia event that is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door and will be turned over to the local Battered Women's Project.

The performance was originally planned for UMFK last fall, but had to be cancelled by the performer.

It has been rescheduled to coincide with UMFK's upcoming celebration of the "V-Day" Program, which is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

"That Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady", will follow weekend performances of the "Vagina Monologues" that will be staged by UMFK performing arts on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. each evening in the Fox Auditorium

Performer Nancy Hulse of Brooklyn, New York's Womynkind Productions has traveled to colleges and universities throughout the country to stage "Lady", which combines dance, dramatic performance, and popular music in a powerful and educational program that deals with the issue of violence against women.

Hulse brings to each performance the experience and insight she has gained from working with women and women's issues for almost 20 years.

She uses her strong presence, intensity and sense of humor, and involves the audience through direct dialogue and active participation with a goal to heighten the viewer's awareness of the pervasiveness of violence against women in our culture.

"Domestic violence is a problem that often flies under the radar - not only do we not talk about it, we don't teach our children that it's wrong to be hit," said Caro Williams, UMFK assistant director of residential life and wellness, who along with Stephanie Cote, associate director of student programming and residential life is responsible for bringing the production to campus.

"That Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" is a multimedia performance that brings to our attention the underlying violence that can exist in a family, and shows us the physical and emotional fallout. Nancy Hulse uses strong, contemporary music and dance to show us the part of domestic abuse reality that we can never see in a book or website," said Williams.

The production features six segments each set to different songs which illustrate the history of an abusive relationship.

The music and dance segments are punctuated by poetry of women authors, dialogue, facts, statistics and educational materials.

Through the use of a professional sound system, special lighting effects, and large screen video projection - a multi-media experience is created.

The actual performance lasts approximately 60 minutes, and will be followed by an open ended discussion led by Hulse and members of the local Battered Women's Project. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on the production, contact Williams at (207) 834-8751.