Aux Dog Theatre - A Shot Away

Similar in feel and style to Sundance Film Festival Offical Selection for 2012, The Invisible War, Aux Dog's production of A Shot Away is a revealing and emotionally-charged expose about the secret shame of the U.S. Military--SHOCK AND AWE of a different kind.

Hear about the personal aspects of A Shot Away in playwright Donna Fiumano-Farley's own words. For a discussion of Aux Dog's show, opening January 6th, visit our Facebook page.

A Shot Away: Personal Accounts of Military Sexual Trauma by Donna Fiumano-Farley

A Shot Away is a groundbreaking investigative documentary play about the most under reported crime in America/the epidemic of rape and violence in the US armed forces. Military women are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The play is based entirely on interviews conducted over the past four years with American soldiers who have been sexually assaulted by their "fellow" soldiers.

Through the eyes of her mother and twin sister, we meet Tina Priest, an American soldier found dead on her Army base in Iraq just weeks after reporting a rape. Labeled a suicide by the Army, Tina’s death leaves her family grieving haunted by many doubts and unanswered questions. The play also focuses on the powerfully emotional stories of six other soldiers as they recount their experiences as survivors of military sexual trauma.

“Several of the key personalities represented in this play are Albuquerque residents and their input was a major reason why A Shot Away was chosen to lead off our 2012 season,” said Producing Artistic Director Victoria Liberatori.

Military sexual abuse is at alarming levels in our armed forces. Over 16,000 women were assaulted in 2009 alone. This number does not represent the overwhelming majority of unreported cases of sexual assault. 80% of military sexual assaults are not reported. One in three female soldiers will experience sexual assault while serving in the military, compared to one in six women in the civilian world.

A Shot Away’s outstanding cast features Antonya Molleur as Danielle Priest and Cat Hubka as Joy Priest with Angela Littleton as Shirley, Jaime Pardo as Amando (an Albuquerque resident) and Gene Dunne as Michael (also an Albuquerque resident). (Michael Matthews is available for interviews and is happy to speak with anyone interested in his story.)

Erin Best portrays Kristen “KC” Miller who is an Army veteran, a survivor of military sexual assault, and an advocate on behalf of survivors of Military Sexual Trauma. Katherine Ygbuhay portrays Panayiota Bertzikis who is a Coast Guard veteran, a survivor of military sexual assault, and a vocal feminist and advocate for Military Sexual Trauma survivors. She started the Military Rape Crisis Center which began as a single web page created in secrecy by Bertzikis from within her barracks room while she was still serving in the Coast Guard. These are just two of the soldiers the audience will come to know during the course of the play.

The New Mexico premiere of A Shot Away coincides with the premiere
at Sundance Film Festival in January of the riveting documentary THE INVISIBLE WAR by Oscar and Emmy nominated film team, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. The subject matter and even a key soldier, Michael, who appears in A Shot Away is also featured in the documentary.

Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill is committed to the production of plays that deal with contemporary social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work
relates to the social themes of the play.  A portion of the proceeds from A Shot Away will go to SARC/Sexual Assault Response Center directed by Pamela Reese.

A SHOT AWAY opens Friday, January 6, 2011, and will run through January 29. Performances are Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $16 regular admission; $12 students, seniors and service members with valid identification; subscriptions are available for $38 for all 4 shows in the Aux Dog 2012 season.

January 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th at 8:00 P.M.

January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 2:00 P.M.

General Admission - $16
Discount Admission - $12



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