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Houstonians honor human trafficking survivors with powerful production

Houstonians honor human trafficking survivors with powerful production

Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising LtoR Katie Roach Audrey Manito
Katie Roach and Audrey Manito. Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Aric Nitzberg Gigi Nitzberg
Aric Nitzberg, Gigi Nitzberg. Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Mike Stovall Kerry Stovall
Mike Stovall, Kerry Stovall.  Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising LtoR Matt Hoffmeister Crystal Hoffmeister
Matt Hoffmeister, Crystal Hoffmeister.   Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising David Gamboa Micah Gamboa
David Gamboa, Micah Gamboa.  Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Addison Steven Marissa Stevens
Addison Stevens, Marissa Stevens. Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Christa Barnes-Chaney Adam Chaney
Christa Barnes-Chaney, Adam Chaney.  Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Francesca Chris Jones
Francesca Jones, Chris Jones.  Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Kevin Melissa Vader
Kevin Vader, Melissa Vader.  Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Gwen Baird Samantha Hernandez Micah Gamboa
Gwen Baird, Samantha Hernandez, and Micah Gamboa. Photo courtesy of Elijah Rising
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising LtoR Katie Roach Audrey Manito
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Aric Nitzberg Gigi Nitzberg
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Mike Stovall Kerry Stovall
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising LtoR Matt Hoffmeister Crystal Hoffmeister
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising David Gamboa Micah Gamboa
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Addison Steven Marissa Stevens
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Christa Barnes-Chaney Adam Chaney
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Francesca Chris Jones
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Kevin Melissa Vader
Survivor Monologues Elijah Rising Gwen Baird Samantha Hernandez Micah Gamboa

What: “Survivor Monologues” supporting Elijah Rising

Where: A.D. Players Theater

The scoop: More than 400 guests gathered at the A.D. Players George Theater to raise more than $225,000 for Elijah Rising, which aims to end sex trafficking in Houston through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration. Event funds will go towards Elijah Rising programs and restorative care for survivors. 

“Survivor Monologues” was created as a one-of-a-kind production to expose the dark world of sex trafficking and also tell stories of bravery and triumph in the midst of great adversity.

Elijah Rising partnered with A.D. Players for a dinner and theater event, chaired by Gwen Baird, Annette Durrett, and Kerry Stovall. The theater production relayed gritty accounts of individuals who have encountered the realities of human trafficking. 

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner from Churrascos, which featured a first course of Vietnamese noodle salad, Korean cucumber salad, and Thai eggplant salad.  The second course featured beef short ribs and vegetarian grilled portobello followed by the third course of tres leches cups, alfajores, and fruit empanadas.     

The presentation began with opening remarks from Elijah Rising development director Adam Chaney and executive director Micah Gamboa. Jake Speck, executive director of A.D. Players, welcomed guests to the stunning George Theater. 

Attendees were moved by powerful monologues performed by actors affiliated with A.D. Players and inspired by real survivors’ stories.  Author, playwright and sex trafficking survivor Kathy (McGibbon) Givens wrote a portion of the monologues; Pipeline Collective created others. The powerful stories come straight from the frontlines of the fight against human trafficking.

Who: Gwen Baird, Kerry Stovall, Annette Durrett, Jennifer Hohman, Audrey Manito, Aaron Pichon, and Tami Ledbetter.