1. What examples of physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological violence did you notice in the play?
2. How did the reading make you feel?
3. What insight has this reading of “Why Won’t She Leave” given you about intimate partner violence?
4. In your opinion, why won’t she leave?
5. Often victims, rather than the perpetrators, lose their jobs, homes, churches, families, friends, routines, and activities as a result of violence or in an attempt to find safety. In your opinion, what kind of support should be provided by friends, family, community, employers, churches etc. to make it safe for Woman in White to remain in her home and community?
6. What steps can you take as an individual or as part of a collective to prevent intimate violence in your community?
Published by Cynthia C Harris
She is a self-described Writer/ Performance Artist/ Dancer/ Activist/ Health Educator/ and proud southerner. A natural sign watcher, very much in tune with her surroundings, Ms. Harris finds it almost impossible not to hear the stories hovering around people. Growing up in a multi-talented family, she always felt at peace pursuing her creative interests. However when it came time to choose a career, Cynthia chose to focus on her parallel interest in health and graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a BS in biology in 1999. Her subsequent work in the field of women’s reproductive health research fed her appreciation for the analytical and gave her the opportunity to study human behavior, leading her to not only be a vocal advocate for women’s health issues, but to create stories of empowerment.
Ms. Harris developed her weaving voices technique as she deepened her understanding of the intersection of performance art and public health. In 2017, Ms. Harris completed her Master of Public at Tennessee State University. In 2018, How to Catch a Flying Woman premiered and was commissioned in 2019 by Nashville Public Library. In 2022, The Calling is in the Body debuted with Actors Bridge Ensemble.
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