Because I Went There

A Community Project and Play exploring gender equality

Because I Went There…, is a community based project conceived by Hedvig Flores to explore gender equality. Through workshops and events, men’s and women’s groups will discuss themes including gender specific parenting, sexual harassment, and victim blaming.  These workshops will help develop an original play through theatre-centered activities with the playwright and facilitators.  Fuse will invite all community members to attend play reading workshops and staged-readings to offer suggestions for final script edits.  The production will be cast from attendees, community and professional actors and fully produced both in a theatre and as a touring play.   This is a similar method successfully used by Fuse Theatre in 2017 called The Unfinished Story of Docktown.  

About the Play:

In a world where people in positions of power and privilege can get away with almost everything, the spouse and the parents face the truths about the victim blaming/shaming of their beloved partner/child and their own biases.  The audience must decide the fate of the brilliant, promising athletic student.  A compelling exploration of the power struggles between genders through the lens of a sexual assault case.

Our Partners:

  • Workshop Partners are individuals and organizations who advocate for gender equality in our society and support women in the workplace. The workshops are an opportunity for participants to voice their stories and opinions in a safe and sensitive environment. 
  •  Producing Partners:  Organizations that host a performance(s) at their site or provide people for after-show community conversations.
  • Funding Partners: Organizations interested in supporting social justice theatre and gender equality awareness through funding or in-kind donations such as rehearsal space, performance space and funds.  This project is partially funded by a CA$H Grant from Theatre Bay Area.  

About Hedvig Flores:

Hedi Flores is an experienced actress, playwright and director who founded the Teatro Surreal in Budapest.  She holds a BA in Acting from the GNM Hungarian Acting Academy and learned dramaturgy at the Hungarian Writers Academy. She is a Fuse Theatre Ensemble Member and on the Board of Directors for Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. Hedi worked on Fuse Theatre’s first devised project, The Unfinished Story Of Docktown and was cast in the final production.

 About Ms Ardelean:

Stacey Ardelean is founder and artistic director of Fuse Theatre.  She has over 20 years’ experience as a drama teacher and her directing credits include over 50 productions. She holds a  BA in Theater and Arts Management from Amherst and a Masters in Theater Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  She serves as president on the national board of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education (AATE).