Twelve area actors and actresses are coming together Thursday to read stories of abuse as part of a fundraiser for Autumn House.
AMHERST – Invisible Prisons is a powerful play about living and enduring abusive relationships.
The play, that’s a series of monlogues, will be performed by the Amherst Comedy Troupe Theatre Group on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Breakfast at Brittney’s on Victoria Street in Amherst.
“It’s a collection of monologues of people who have been abused, it’s their stories,” Autumn House executive director Terry Cove said.
A group of Cumberland County actors will perform the monologues including: Cove, Veronica Trenholm, Erin Lewis, Katherine Hatheway, Barb Bowes, Deb Ryan, Jeff Tees, Barb Sharples, Mark Raddin, Jenn Siddall, Trish Jardine, Stephanie Moreau and Gina Grattan.
The event is a fundraiser for Autumn House and tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased by calling 667-1344.
There will also be a silent auction of a print by Joy Laking, who wrote the play.
It’s being directed by Kathy Legere and sponsored by the Amherst Veterinary Hospital.
Robin Latta said there’s a strong theatre presence in the community and when organizers approached Legere to produce the show and recruit actors she took the idea and ran with it.
Hatheway said the group has held a pair of rehearsals and after reading her monologue and hearing the others she found it very moving.
“It was sad and powerful. It’s different from sitting and reading something, to actually have something saying it gives it more meaning,” Hatheway said. “They lived through this. It’s very powerful and we didn’t know if we should just sit silently or clap when each person was done.”
Cove said she’s hopeful the play will raise more awareness about abuse in the community and how people experience that.
“It’s not just limited to one part of society, it crosses all social-economic statuses,” Cove said.