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"Uncomfortable Conversations" Premieres Nov. 30

"Uncomfortable Conversations" premieres Friday, November 30. Live theatrical performances for middle school and high school youth spark dialogue around how to cope with dating issues.

United Way of the National Capital Area and Dreams Work, Inc. are presenting the premiere of an innovative workshop for middle school and high school aged youth. Uncomfortable Conversations uses live theatrical presentations to build awareness and spark a dialogue around teen dating violence. Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will deliver the opening remarks at the November 30 event.

“As we’ve heard in the news, today’s young people are often ill-equipped to deal with conflict, especially in dating situations, which can lead to tragic consequences,” said Bill Hanbury, President and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area. “This program will help young people be better prepared to navigate dating life, as well as learn where to turn when things get beyond their control.”

Uncomfortable Conversations is a series of four short plays focusing on different interactions among young people affected by dating violence. These include: conversations with the victim (male or female), conversations with friends, conversation with parents, and an inner monologue — a peek into the mind of the abuser. Following each performance, a panel of experts will answer questions and help provide guidance about how to deal with these issues and where to turn for help.

The event will also feature live music and dance performances to keep the atmosphere positive and uplifting. The premiere event is ideal for schools, churches or any youth-serving organizations. Group registration is highly encouraged.

The premier is being held at Community of Hope A.M.E. Church in Temple Hills on Friday, November 30 from 7:30-9:30 pm. For additional information and to register, visit UnitedWayNCA.org/Conversations.

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