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The power of healing domestic violence trauma onstage

  On this edition of Your Call we speak with performer, director and teacher Rhodessa Jones. “When did your hands become a weapon?” is the title and core question of a theatrical production that Jones is bringing to the stage.

The performance explores domestic violence and the feeling of being held captive at home. It’s a collaboration with the Women’s HIV Program at UCSF and her long-running Medea Project, which produces theater with incarcerated women. How can theater heal the lasting damage of trauma?


Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director of the San Francisco-based performance company Cultural Oddyssey and director of The Medea Project, a performance workshop committed to incarcerated women’s social and personal transformation

Web Resources:

Open Space SF MOMA: Not Your Mother’s Theater: Rhodessa Jones and the Medea Project

SF Chronicle: Rhodessa Jones is ‘telling the truth and practicing revolution’ at Brava

Brava Theater Center: When Did Your Hands Become a Weapon?

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.