In a Dark Dark House

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There are 2,400 reports of child sexual abuse in Philadelphia every year. Most of these cases involve people of influence within these young accusers’ everyday circles: close kin, family friends, teachers, coaches, religious leaders. With the staggering number of these crimes and the devastating impact on each survivor’s life, it’s a wonder how these children fare during their development into adulthood. This month, Simpatico Theatre Project’s presentation of Neil LaBute’s play In a Dark Dark House gives local audiences a glimpse at the harrowing aftermath of such a traumatic, life-altering experience and the long road to recovery that follows.

After a particularly haunting stint at a court-appointed psychiatric facility following a DUI conviction, Drew reaches out to his older brother Terry to verify the specifics of long-since repressed memories of sexual abuse. Together, the men reluctantly face the dank details of their respective childhoods, and, in doing so, bring to light both buried animosities and unknown commonalities that each of them must come to grips with in order to truly heal their still-festering wounds.

With the assistance of the nonprofit Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, Simpatico continues to realize its vision of exposing theatergoers to real-life issues; believing the theater stage to be a force for powerful social change, Simpatico also connects educational partnerships with advocacy groups and audience members with organizations actively seeking solutions to humanity’s myriad problems. (The PCA has for years advocated for a team-based approach, building cooperative relationships and introducing more efficient responses and counseling services to the system and the vulnerable, young victims it serves.) By opening a dialogue through LaBute’s gripping story of survival, acceptance and resilience, In a Dark Dark House aims to inspire hope for victims and encourage action in those who want to help. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through June 1. $5-$25. Walnut Street Theater Studio 5, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. simpaticotheatre.org

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/20/2014. .

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