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The Gift of Peace in Hollywood

Peace Plays Well with Others With a world premiere performance and cross country tour of the play, The Gift of Peace, actors, activists, and a documentary film crew have come together to educate people nationwide about the non-partisan bill to create a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

“The Gift Of Peace”
By Stacey Martino, Directed by Valentino Ferreira
The Science of Mind Center of Hollywood
7677 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA
Friday June 1, Saturday June 2
Friday June 8, Saturday June 9
8:00 PM
Reservations and information: 310-364-0700
Tickets: suggested donation of $15, $8 student/senior

[May 14, 2007]
Los Angeles, The play, The Gift of Peace has educated and inspired audiences from Phoenix to Washington DC to support non-partisan legislation currently in Congress to create a national, cabinet-level Department of Peace. Now the play has come back home to Los Angeles! There will be a two weekend run June 1,2,8,9 at 8:00 p.m. at The Science of Mind Center of Hollywood, 7677 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA. “The idea for this series of monologues grew from my belief that a Department of Peace is exactly what this country needs,” said playwright Stacey Martino. “Regardless of one’s politics, religion or race we have all experienced a moment when a deeper calling for a more peaceful world arose within us, even if only for a moment. I wrote The Gift of Peace to remind each of us to see part of ourselves in everyone, so that perhaps that moment might be extended and sustained.”

The Department of Peace and Nonviolence will be a vital part of the U.S. Federal Government that American leaders have been calling for since 1792. The primary function of the Department of Peace will be to research, articulate and facilitate proven nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict.

The Gift of Peace has traveled across country, performing the play en route to the Department of Peace Annual Conference in D.C. Stops were made in Phoenix, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Lynchburg with a final performance kicking off the Department of Peace Conference on February 2, 2007. Throughout the tour audiences were inspired, excited and moved to join in the campaign for a US Department of Peace and Non Violence.

The entire process has been documented by Emmy nominated, DGA Award winning director Tasha Oldham, whose film will explore whether everyday people can inspire a change in the direction of our country at this time in American history. The film will include interviews with Americans introduced to the concept of a Department of Peace for the first time via the play. It will explore the motivations of those already committed to passage of the legislation, and will explore the possible effects live theater might have influencing the outcome of a bill now in Congress.

For more information about the Department of Peace, please visit www.ThePeaceAlliance.org. For more information about The Gift of Peace please visit our website: www.thegiftofpeace.org
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