New Play Aims to Bring Hope and Healing to Survivors

New Play Aims to Bring Hope and Healing to Survivors

Enlightenment Machine No. 1 to debut in NYC this Week

Kat Sullivan’s New Play is “Part Street Performance, Part Protest”

“Join us and allow the legends of survivors to guide the future”

WHAT: As a new street play that aims to bring hope and healing to survivors of sexual abuse debuts in New York City, survivors and advocates will:

  • Join together to bring a positive message to survivors,
  • Spread the word about opportunities for justice through the Child Victims Act and healing through support groups, and
  • Celebrate the journey of being a survivor with a unique street performance and protest

WHEN: Thursday, October 10 at 12:30 PM

WHERE: In Union Square Park in New York City, 10003 (corner of 17th and Broadway).

WHO: The play has been written and developed by Kat Sullivan, a Registered Nurse, survivor, artist and activist from New York who will be joined by Brian Toale, the Manhattan Leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

WHY: As more news and information continues to come out regarding cases of sexual abuse, survivors in New York want to interrupt the barrage of stories with something positive that can bring hope and healing to survivors of sexual abuse.

“Survivors deserve their own happily ever after,” said Kat Sullivan, “and so I’m taking my activism into the empathy art space.”

Sullivan is a survivor and artist from New York who is the brain behind Enlightenment Machine 1, a project that she calls “part street performance, part protest.” The play, which is set to open with a flash performance in Union Square on October 10, “focuses on how a survivor heals from their trauma and how the media and close people in their lives can better advocate for them,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan is widely known for her protest billboards in and around New York calling attention to the Child Victims Act and its opponents. This protest has received national coverage and is ongoing, and Enlightenment Machine No. 1 is the next phase of Sullivan’s unique and inspirational brand of protest.

Following the first performance of Enlightenment Machine No. 1, there will be a press conference helping to amplify the message of hope, love and support to survivors throughout the state. Brian Toale, leader of the Manhattan chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will be sharing information on how survivors can take advantage of the new CVA in order to pursue a chance at justice and will share information on multiple different support groups and avenues that are available to survivors looking for help and healing.

“This play will hopefully be the encouragement that some survivors need in order to come forward, be celebrated, and start healing,” said Toale. “We want those survivors to know that we are here to help.”

“I’m working to end this suffering through the rise of Survivors,” said Sullivan. “This can only be done by speaking up and gathering a sacred group of Helpers to fight the fight. I have created a sacred space. Join us and allow the legends of survivors to guide the future.”

CONTACT: Kat Sullivan, Author of Enlightenment Machine 1, (presskatsullivan@gmail.com, PHONE NUMBER) Brian Toale, SNAP Manhattan (btoale@snapnetwork.org, 646-657-9278)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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