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May 11

dee Clarke – Commissioned Maine Artist Virtual Preview Virtual Event | Online 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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This event will be captioned and interpreted.

FREE – Join Portland Ovations for five weeks, April 27 – May 25, 2021 each Tuesday at 4pm, as we host an exciting series continuing our program of commissioning Maine artists. “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like.

dee’s Project
THE LAST GIRL is a three-act epic play that transforms Maine artist Dianne “dee” Clark’s 2014 testimony to the Maine Human Rights Commission of her sexual trafficking as a child into young adulthood into a staged drama: one that brings to life the humanity of the many characters portrayed and gives voice and hope to the lives of survivors everywhere. On May 11, a group of local actors directed by Rene Goddess Johnson will read the conclusion of this drama, Act 3, in which dee adopts a false Asian persona and accent in order to “escape” from Boston’s Combat Zone to Maine with an immigrant man from China; and ultimately wins a struggle for her independence against further mental and physical abuse, using her own story to become an advocate for survivors of sexploitation.

About dee Clarke
Ms. Clarke is the founder of SurvivorSpeakUSA, an organization working to end sex trafficking and exploitation through elevating the voices of survivors, and bringing their stories to leadership positions where they can most affect change.

Full First Look Schedule
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 4PM EST – Samuel James, Music
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 4 PM EST – Riley Watts & Heather Stewart, Contemporary Dance
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4PM EST – dee Clarke, Playwright
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 4PM EST – Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel, Musical Theater
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 4PM EST – Abbe Museum, Native Stories