October 28th, 2017, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L13 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
How I Got Over is an intimate profile of 15 formerly homeless and incarcerated African-American women that dramatically reveals the social causes of their plight and how their lives were transformed. The film follows the women for 12 weeks as they craft and rehearse an original play based on their harrowing, true-life stories including domestic violence and incest. None have had any acting experience but they are guided by the Theater Lab’s “Life Stories” program. Their work together leads to an emotional, one-night only, sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. This is a look at what might be accomplished if more resources were devoted to recovery support, as well as a celebration of the transformative power of theater and the arts.