SHE HAS NAME, the critically-acclaimed play about human trafficking, written by Andrew Kooman, returns to the stage at the Sargent Theatre from October 26 thru November 5.
In conjunction with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, each performance includes an educational talk-back by experts and/or survivors, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Gems.
SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.
Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh.
The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.
Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art - primarily by producing masterful plays - presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.
Show begins at 8:00pm, plus four matinees: October 28, 29, November 4 & 5. Visit the RIPPLE EFFECT Website for details at https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-reprise/
The Sargent Theatre, part of ATA (American Theatre of Actors) is located at 314 West 54th Street, NYC.