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TCC HOSTS FREE PERFORMANCES AS PART OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH

TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS "WILLOW SONG" AS PART OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH NORFOLK, VA - (August 29, 2003) - Tidewater Community College will focus on Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by hosting three free performances of the play "Willow Song." The Office of Student Activities and The Women's Center have also arranged for representatives from TCC's Women's Center, Campus Violence Prevention Project and community-based domestic violence agencies to be available for information and support services following each performance.

" Willow Song" weaves together interviews of victims of relationship violence, friends of a murdered student, domestic violence counselors, police and perpetrators with excerpts from Shakespeare's Othello. The play seeks to transcend the death of one individual to illustrate the costs of relationship violence. Old Dominion University theatre students and faculty wrote "Willow Song" in memoriam after an ODU theatre student was killed by her boyfriend in March of 2002.

The performances are free and open to the public. The dates are as follows: Mon., Sep. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Theater on the TCC Portsmouth Campus Wed., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center on the TCC Norfolk Campus Mon., Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Pungo Auditorium on the TCC Virginia Beach Campus.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first observed in October 1987. The intent was to arrange programs and activities to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The common themes of the month's events are mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived and connecting those who work to end violence. "Willow Song" at TCC will successfully engage all three themes.

For more information please call the TCC Information Center at (757) 822-1122. Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.

CONTACT:
Kate Behnke
Marketing/Creative Services
PHONE: 757-822-1076
E-MAIL: KBehnke@tcc.edu

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