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Child Abuse Victims' Voice: RAG DOLL

Organized by: Barbara Wells

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You and possibly hundreds of people could be responsible for coming together to help tackle the problem of childhood sexual abuse by producing RAG DOLL, a musical. In it are the voices of 104 women (survivors) who were child sexual abuse victims and were interviewed for this musical. Getting RAG DOLL to stage is a promise that I made to each after interviewing them. 'Silence', the victims faced the most profound 'bad'. We all know it kills. These survivors want a voice to break the silence. They believe that RAG DOLL is that voice and so I went about writing with their POVs in mind. I believed and still do that silence must be broken loudly: a musical, I believe is the answer. Why have I chosen to fund the final stages of development and full production of RAG DOLL this way? It's not complicated. Since I started writing RAG DOLL, the financial models for musicals changed many times over. Those changes leave most people out. It's designed for a few people. Over the years people I don't know have given me money, a nickle once from a homeless man, dollar bills, etc, and people got their smiles on when I told each person, when you hear the name RAG DOLL you can brag that that's your musical. So why not go back to the community: for funding to get RAG DOLL in production; the same community that will need the facilities that I will donate a portion of my proceeds to help build. See the facility for sexual abuse victims with which Viola Davis (google it) is associated. That is the other reason for this fundraiser. RAG DOLL's voice will help fund a facility so that victims have a safe space with needed services. You will love the thrill of producing a new musical and with community-based goal. Backers will get billing on a poster, a listing in website, and depending on the level of donation, autographed characterized logo hand-painted by artist, RAG DOLL's CERES gobo, possibly a demo version of one or more songs, maybe complementary tickets, maybe invitations to cast functions and more. Lower level tiers will get a combination of one or more of the last two or three goodies. COMPOSER: Renard Thomas I have put my life savings into getting the musical to this point. Now it's up to the community. I believe that community based art can help solve community based issues. Those are the two connected fund raising premises that equal one conclusion: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. RAG DOLL is an eclectic musical with all original songs. The songs have been written and have lead sheets. They have been recorded with vocal tracks and instrumental hot licks. There have been several workshops.

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