Performance Of “The Yellow Dress” To Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence

Sep 30, 2015

by Staff

A partnership of local organizations is sponsoring a performance of The Yellow Dress, a play that raises awareness about domestic violence. 

The performance, at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Branscomb Auditorium on the Florida Southern College campus, is free and open to the public. It is being offered to the community during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The production is a partnership between the college, Heartland for Children, Heather’s Hope Foundation, ABC Action News, and Deana’s Educational Theatre.

The Yellow Dress, by Deborah Lake Fortson, is a one-woman play based on actual events that recounts a young woman’s harrowing experiences in a relationship that begins in love but descends into violence. Versions of the play are tailored for high school, college, and military audiences, and the performance at FSC is suitable for teens but not younger children. The play is produced locally under the auspices of Heartland for Children.

Heather’s Hope Foundation was founded in 2009 in memory of Heather Lynn Rimmer, a Lakeland elementary school teacher who was murdered by her husband in the presence of their two daughters. The foundation holds fundraisers to carry out its mission, including an annual 5K run, scheduled this year for 8 a.m. Oct. 24 at Lake Hollingsworth.

Dr. Leilani Goodmon-Riley, associate professor of psychology at Florida Southern and a member of the board of directors of Heather’s Hope Foundation, said the purpose of staging The Yellow Dress is prevention through making men and women aware of the signs of domestic violence.

“Our goal is to get as many people to see the play as possible. We have all known people involved in domestic violence. In the past few years, there have been five cases in the Lakeland area of women murdered with children present,” she said.

For more information about The Yellow Dress, contact Chase Webber at Heartland for Children: cwebber@heartlandforchildren.com. For more information about Heather’s Hope Foundation: HeathersHopeDV@gmail.com.

Those intending to attend the play are requested to RSVP at: www.flsouthern.edu/academics/schools/school-of-arts-sciences/events/yellow-dress.aspx