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FACES Live 2011


Social Service Agency and Local Theater Create Client Inspired Play

On Thursday October 27, 2011 at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services will present FACES Live, an original performance celebrating the challenges and triumphs of clients helped by the agency. The play is being produced in partnership with freeFall Theater (St. Petersburg) and will be written by the Blue Scarf Collective.

For the second year in a row, Gulf Coast has coordinated an original program in conjunction with the annual fundraiser. Last year, the FACES project resulted in the publishing of a book featuring photographs and stories representing clients from 20 of the agency’s 40 social service programs. This year, the program has developed as a partnership with the Blue Scarf Collective, the resident playwrights of freeFall theatre along with the theater’s Executive Director Emilie Kuperman and Creative Director Eric Davis. The Blue Scarf Collective is comprised of three women who began writing and directing their own productions several years ago.

Beginning at 6:00pm FACES Live will open with an hour-long reception featuring a full bar and catered buffet with hors d’oeuvres, main course and dessert. Running approximately 45 minutes, the play follows at 7:30pm. A souvenir program featuring the stories of each one of the clients represented in the performance will also include professional photos taken during the client interviews.

Eight clients will be featured in FACES Live. The following people/programs will be highlighted.

RENE– a Holocaust survivor who spent time in Auschwitz and later escaped from the ESSEN factory with her sister and two other young women. She is a member of the Jewish Community Services Holocaust Survivor Program; offering assistance and socialization opportunities for aging Holocaust survivors.

RICTAYSHA– a pregnant teen at 15, scared and feeling alone, was paired with a mentor who gave her strength, support and encouragement to finish high school, start college and navigate family relationships. The Woman to Woman program is an educational and prevention program for teenage mothers and pregnant girls who are at high risk for academic failure and repeat pregnancies. The program provides one-on-one mentoring from community volunteers.

Damian – Diagnosed with Bipolar disorder as a young man, Alexander was reluctant to follow the appropriate medication regiment resulting in many years of substance abuse and criminal activities. Once he was ready to change his life around, he entered the Darlington group home; an intensive residential treatment program with psychiatric services and life skills training among other services. Residents are referred from the state hospital and the community and as they recover are reintegrated back in the community.

NICOLE & LINDSLEY– are a mother and son who survived the recent Haitian earthquake. It was after the total destruction of their building, while living and sleeping on the street that disaster struck. Lindsley, a 12 year old boy at the time, was bitten by a poisonous snake while he slept. Partially paralyzed and suffering from a severe infection on the brain he was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital where he underwent two brain surgeries and fully recovered. The Refugee Services program of Gulf Coast helped him and his mother quickly acculturate to a new language, life in the U.S., work opportunities and how to be successful in school. Lindsley was on the honor roll of his high school only a year and a half after arriving here.

JACOB– Once a foster child in a gay couple’s home, Jacob was tossed around to other foster homes. Five years later, when adoption was allowed for gay couples, Jacob still had not found a permanent home. Theresa, his first foster parent and one half of a lesbian couple looked for Jacob on “The Heart Gallery” and found out that he was available for adoption. With the help of a case worker from the agency’s adoption program, Theresa was able to complete the adoption in record time and welcome Jacob in his forever family.





Save the date

  • What: Annual fundraiser for Gulf CoastJewish Family & Community Services

  • When: Thursday, October 27, 2011
  • Time: 6pm – Reception
    • 7pm – Theater performance
  • Where: Mahaffey Theater
    • Progress Energy Center for the Arts.
    • 400 First Street S, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Cost: Individuals – $180 each
    • Couples – $360

winning numbers for tickets to freeFall theater
numbers will be posted August 15 and 30 2011




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 FACES Live order form

For over 51 years, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has been providing essential human services to the community’s most needy and vulnerable populations. The agency serves 30,000 individuals annually in more than 32 counties. Gulf Coast employs more than 300 case managers who serve a diverse population regardless of age, faith, culture and lifestyle; providing a wide range of individual and family support services.


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For more information please contact Cathy Gardner using the form below or by calling 727.479.1862



Photography by Tim Boyles
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