DO NO HARM, written by Dallas-based writer/actress/producer, Anyika McMillan-Herod, co-founder of Soul Rep Theatre Company, was commissioned by Dr. Evelyn Parker and the Association of Practical Theology. In the wake of the covid pandemic, this original play inspired by three enslaved women – Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy – who were experimented on without anesthesia by Dr. J. Marion Sims, credited as “The Father of Modern Gynecology,” was filmed in November 2020 in a slave cabin at Dallas Heritage Village. The world premiere was featured in Soul Rep Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary season this past January-February.
McMillan-Herod is privileged to give voice to Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy through this powerful historical drama that was critically acclaimed in its debut earlier this year. She is also honored to utilize DO NO HARM, a unique tribute to three ancestors, as a tool to raise awareness and funds for the Daughters of the African Atlantic…especially in these times.
The Daughters of the African Atlantic Fund engineers transcontinental co-working spaces where African and African diasporic women collaborate on creative and innovative solutions to their economic, familial, social, and political needs using scholarly and practical resources within religion and theology. To date, The Daughters has brought over five hundred black women together across lines of difference. Yet counting! No other organization provides this kind of opportunity for collaboration across the Atlantic for women and girls of African descent.
Daughters of the African Atlantic Fund seeks to enhance the quality of life of continental and diasporan African women and girls. Through partnerships with agencies on the continent and in the diaspora, The Daughters aims to provide funding and educational program support to organizations and institutions working to enrich life possibilities for all African-descended women. Biennial consultations of continental and diasporan African women in religions seek to help fulfill The Daughters’ commitment to holistic action and advocacy.
Tickets for DO NO HARM can be purchased at the following link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/54386. Proceeds from the event will benefit programming for young women in our partner institutions.