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Horizon Theatre Humanizes Women In Sex Trade In ‘Project Dawn’

The seven actresses in "Project Dawn" pose in their costumes as women in the sex trade.
The seven actresses in "Project Dawn" pose in their costumes as women in the sex trade.
Credit Greg Mooney

Theater has the power to inspire social change. In that spirit, Horizon Theatre Company has taken on a heavy topic for its new production, “Project Dawn.”

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The play is inspired by a real-life rehabilitation program in Philadelphia, which gives women with repeat prostitution offenses a chance to recover from the sex trade under court supervision. Along with tackling such themes as freedom, slavery, activism and obsession, the 14-person cast is made up of seven women who each portray a social worker or member of the court along with a woman involved in sex work.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Horizon’s co-founder and director Lisa Adler along with actress Carolyn Cook and Lauren Morris, Horizon’s community engagement director.