SUNY Canton Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Play "The Yellow Dress"

SUNY Canton will be hosting the play “The Yellow Dress” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Kingston Theater in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Admittance is free and the event is open to the public.

The Yellow Dress is a one-woman educational show portraying the lives of five victims of sexual violence.

The play entertains as it demonstrates signs of abusive relationships and models healthy behaviors on how to avoid, intervene in, or leave abusive relationships. Many of the components help its viewers to understand several main points dealing with dating violence ranging from warning signs of abuse, understanding the cycle of abuse, and how to get help.

The Yellow Dress is a national production produced and directed by Deana’s Fund, a non-profit organization based in Stoneham, Mass., dedicated to promoting healthy relationships. The organization was established after the death of Deana Brisbois, a young woman who was a victim of dating violence.

Following the performance the actor leads the audience in a post show discussion about the educational points contained in the play.

The play is cosponsored by Renewal House, the Sweetgrass Foundation, Catholic Charities, members of the SUNY Canton Women’s Studies faculty, and St. Lawrence University Student Advocates Program.