Transmutation: A Ceremony (Sexual Assault Awareness Month Screening)
April 2, 2022 @ 11:00AM — 1:30PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Mirror Memoirs is proud to present a screening of our theater project, "Transmutation: A Ceremony," a performance featuring our sacred storytellers Samantha Jo Dato, Ebony Ava Harper, Alexandra Magallon and Sydney Rogers. This production, supporting these four Black and Afro-Latinx transgender, non-binary and intersex survivors of child sexual abuse to share their true stories of survival, and their visions of healing and the world we need and deserve, was written and directed by Luna Merbruja, Amita Swadhin, and Jaden Fields.
"Transmutation: A Ceremony" was filmed in advance at the Aratani Theater in Los Angeles, and will be streamed virtually on Saturday, April 2nd from 11:00am-1:30pm PST (2:00-4:30pm EST).
After the 90-minute performance, we will host a real-time virtual Q&A featuring members of our cast and directorial team.
We will also offer a healing circle space from 1:30-3:00pm PST (4:30-6:00pm EST) via a separate Zoom meeting link, with 5 separate breakout rooms for Black trans women who survived child sexual abuse, other queer/trans people of color who survived child sexual abuse, cisgender heterosexual people of color who survived child sexual abuse, white survivors of child sexual abuse, and all of our supporters who are not child sexual abuse survivors but who would appreciate a space to process reactions to the play and get grounded together.
Tickets are free, but one screening costs $5,800. These costs include ASL and Spanish interpretation, live captioning, and honoraria for all four cast members and at least four healing circle facilitators. We welcome all donations, and as a token of our gratitude.
The pre-recorded performance will be captioned in both English and Spanish. The post-performance discussion with cast and directors will include ASL and Spanish interpretation and live captioning. If you need ASL or Spanish interpretation for the healing circle, please email us at: email@example.com and we will provide that access.
This performance was supported in part by an arts grant from the City of West Hollywood, additional grants from the California LGBT Arts Alliance, Asian Women Giving Circle, Jenny Phillips Future Freedoms Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and Tory Burch Foundation, and donations from the TransLatin@ Coalition and numerous individuals.
"Transmutation: A Ceremony" is inspired by the theatrical performance "Undesirable Elements: Secret Survivors," conceived by Amita Swadhin, featuring Amita and survivor storytellers Gabby Amazi Callender, RJ Maccani, Di Sands and the late Lucia Leandro Gimeno, and written, directed and produced by the off-off Broadway Ping Chong + Company.
We are grateful to all the artists who were part of our production crew: Keita Don Azu, Lex Kennedy, Lafemmebear, V. Rene Miranda, Whit McClure, and Schuron Womack.
Mirror Memoirs is a project of Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
We will send a Zoom link to each email address that registers. If you are registering for multiple people who will be joining from separate locations, please be sure to include a separate email address for each person.