Dear Theatre Patrons,
Life Without Parole, a play inspired by the work and research of the late Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, will be professionally produced at the Edgemar Theater in Santa Monica for three weeks in October and November 2016 by American Coast Theater Company. Written by Professor Warren Doody, Life Without Parole tells the story of Helen Broker, a woman serving fifteen years to life for the second-degree murder of her abusive husband, and who is seeking parole for the first time. This Los Angeles premiere will be directed by VU Theatre Arts Chair Susan K. Berkompas.
The Global Center for Women and Justice is serving as a producer for this show, and we are asking for your help in meeting the various costs associated with this production. The theater itself has already been rented and reserved, but the production still needs to raise the $15,000.00 necessary to pay the professional cast and crew. The Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund, designed specifically for those projects that continue and extend her research, represents a means for you to contribute to this project, one intended to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence.
Robert Leonard, her surviving husband, has written of the play and the memorial fund,
“Nothing would have pleased Elizabeth more than to know that the work that meant so much to her continues, thanks to the continued efforts of those who share her desire for justice for all women who have suffered from an abusive relationship or who have been denied justice by our legal system.”
If you are willing to help raise the funds necessary to produce this work, please send your tax-deductible donation to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund at the address below. Please make checks payable to Vanguard University—GCWJ in Memo. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit https://connect.vanguard.edu/leonard.
Attn: Global Center for Women and Justice
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Yours in peace and grace,
Sandra Morgan, PhD, RN
Director, Global Center for Women and Justice