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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer

757-822-1085, LWhite@tcc.edu

TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS “WILLOW SONG”

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – (Jan. 22, 2004) – Tidewater Community College will host a free performance of the play, “Willow Song,” on Feb. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Campus theatre.

“Willow Song” weaves together interviews with 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 play was originally scheduled to be performed in the fall, but was delayed due to Hurricane Isabel. The performance is free and open to the general public.

TCC’s Women’s Center and Genieve Shelter representatives will be available following the performance to answer questions and provide support services about domestic violence issues.

“This production is part of our ongoing effort to educate TCC students and the community about domestic violence,” says Sally Daniel with TCC’s Women’s Center. “Our efforts include programs and outreach activities that we hope will work to end gender-based violence,” she adds.

For more information please call Patti Williams at the Women’s Center (757) 822-2160.

 

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Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks 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 and Virginia Beach as well as 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.

Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer
757-822-1085, LWhite@tcc.edu

 
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