The show was incredible. I was a victim of dating violence while in high school, and since then probably have not fully dealt with the past. Watching The Yellow Dress brought all those memories back — and though difficult, it proved to be a good sense of closure, understanding, an ability to accept what happened, and a chance at finally moving on. Now, I really want to spread the message — for I know that it occurs here, just as it did at my high school — but most people never speak up.
Since 1995, more than half a million young people and adults have witnessed the power of The Yellow Dress.
About the Show
The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The carefully constructed program stimulates thought-provoking discussion about relationships; a topic important to every young person’s life. Audiences are clearly moved by the story of a young woman who warmly tells us of her relationship that begins as young love, full of passion and promise — and ends in tragedy.
The Yellow Dress play was written by Deborah Lake Fortson and originally produced by Sydney Patten.
The Yellow Dress program
includes discussion guides and resource materials to help students and adults:
- Recognize the early warning signs of abuse
- Learn how to help friends/family members who are victims or perpetrators of abuse
- Understand the cycle of abuse
- Access and utilize community resources
Deana's Educational Theater will help you plan a program to suit your specific needs. Our educational theater workshops for peer-leaders and teachers are designed to reinforce the messages of the play and involve your school community in preventing relationship violence.
The program lasts approximately 1 hour for performance and discussion, and includes a performance, post-show discussion, and teaching materials. Additional support available includes teacher trainings, student/peer leadership trainings, and the coordination with other school prevention activities.
Talk Back Discussion Video Clips