Deana's Educational Theater

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.

Erin Sheehan
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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.

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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.

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