October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and PlayBuilders is actively involved with Spreading awareness by producing "Norina's Story" in collaboration with the Hawaii State Coalition against Domestic vilolence.
Directed byJeff Orig of Orig Entertainment
and acting coach, Elaine Valdov
Choreography by Becky mcGarvEy
with Dancers Becky mcGarvey, Rose Wolfe, and Nathaniel Whittaker
Starring Norina Barcenas and Deanna Espinas
"Reach Out and come to me " composed by Ina Young
lyrics by Norina Barcenas, Jean Toyoma Young and Elaine Valdov
Performed by Jon Osorio and Nikki Dee
COSTUMES BY ROSE WOLFE
Mahalo Nui loa to Calvary by the sea Lutheran church for their support and for allowing us to shoot this beautiful film in their church.
"Norina's Story" focuses on How emotionally and/or physically battered women are often advised by Clergy to return to their abusive husbands when they seek help from the church.
It asks that ministers listen to the abused carefully, become better educated on the matter of domestic violence, and offer support in a way that helps a women leave a dangerous situation as safely as possible. For more information on domestic violence please go to
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PLAYBUILDERS MISSION IS TO GATHER AND SHARE REAL STORIES THAT RESONATE WITH, EMPOWER, AND CONNECT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE CULTURALLY RICH AND DIVERSE COMMUNITIES OF HAWAI'I.
PlayBuilders original plays have been supported by the Hawaii Peoples Fund, the Hawaii Community Coalition, The Geist Foundation, The Cooke Foundation, The Atherton Foundation, and The National Endowment of the Arts. Our work would be impossible without the support of individual donors like you. Mahalo nui loa
Community partners for past shows include The Wahiawa Historic Society, Catholic Charities, Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Family Programs Hawaii, Waipahu Community Coalition, The Foster Care Training Committee, Partners in Development, Leeward Community College, the Mele Program of Honolulu Community College, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, and the Hawai'i State Department of Health.
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