TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS "WILLOW SONG"
AS PART OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
NORFOLK, VA - (August 29, 2003) - Tidewater Community College will focus
on Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by hosting three free
performances of the play "Willow Song." The Office of Student Activities
and The Women's Center have also arranged for representatives from TCC's
Women's Center, Campus Violence Prevention Project and community-based
domestic violence agencies to be available for information and support
services following each performance.
Willow Song" weaves together interviews of victims of relationship
violence, friends of a murdered student, domestic violence counselors,
police and perpetrators with excerpts from Shakespeare's Othello. The
play seeks to transcend the death of one individual to illustrate the
costs of relationship violence. Old Dominion University theatre students
and faculty wrote "Willow Song" in memoriam after an ODU theatre student
was killed by her boyfriend in March of 2002.
The performances are free and open to the public. The dates are as
Mon., Sep. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Theater on the TCC Portsmouth
Wed., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center on the
TCC Norfolk Campus
Mon., Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Pungo Auditorium on the TCC Virginia
Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first observed in October 1987.
The intent was to arrange programs and activities to connect battered
women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence
against women and their children. The common themes of the month's
events are mourning those who have died because of domestic violence,
celebrating those who have survived and connecting those who work to end
violence. "Willow Song" at TCC will successfully engage all three
For more information please call the TCC Information Center at (757)
Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23
community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than
34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600
community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large
community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community
College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with
campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George
Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown
Norfolk, and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach.
Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or
university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more
information, visit www.tcc.edu.