Virtual Play Reading to Benefit Domestic Violence Solutions and Center Stage Theater

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., February 3, 2021 – Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS) and Center Stage Theater invite the community to participate in a unique event:

THE SHOT: Digital Screening & Panel Discussion
Friday, February 12
6:00 – 8:00 pm PST

Award-winning actress Sharon Lawrence presents a reading of Robin Gerber’s new play, THE SHOT, about iconic Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham.

For more than 20 years, Katharine Graham was a self-described “doormat wife,” secretly enduring years of domestic abuse from her husband. After his suicide, she took over as publisher and CEO of the Washington Post where she defied the government by publishing the Pentagon Papers, took on Nixon in Watergate and stunned her male executives who had bet against her success.

The evening will consist of a digital screening of THE SHOT followed by an interactive panel discussion with playwright Robin Gerber, actress Sharon Lawrence, Domestic Violence Solutions client advocate Miriam Ceballos, and survivor Nataly Sarabia.

Attendees will enjoy the performance from the socially distanced location of their choice. Reflecting the current challenging times, ticket prices are on a sliding scale starting at an affordable $10, and increasing for those who are able to add a contribution to support Domestic Violence Solutions and Center Stage Theater. Tickets are available at or 805-963-0408.

Following this debut event, the play will be available for on-demand viewing through February 15.


About Domestic Violence Solutions

Domestic Violence Solutions provides safety, shelter and support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence and collaborates with community partners to raise awareness regarding
the cause, prevalence and impact. 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line: 805.964.5245

Learn more about DVS at or contact Julia Black, Marketing & Communications Officer, at

About Center Stage Theater

Center Stage Theater exists to provide a professional, affordable, and accessible arts venue for the Santa Barbara community. The theater offers an environment where people of all ages, levels of expertise, and socio-economic backgrounds can participate in a hands-on experience as artists, technicians and audience members. Center Stage encourages work that celebrate new artists and the cultural diversity of our community. The offerings at Center Stage are reflective of our mission to be a venue to serve the community. One day that may be the premier of an original dance piece or play, the next might be a lecture on Buddhism and there will absolutely be numerous performances featuring young singers, dancers and actors as young as 3 or 4 years old.  We are proud that each year our renters include organizations that have made Center Stage their home for years along with many first-time producers.  We are also pleased to serve the full spectrum of community events including dance, music, theater, lectures, meetings and films with a breadth of types of performances from young dancers and actors appearing on stage for the first time to seasoned professionals.

Learn more about Center Stage Theater at or contact Teri Ball, Executive Director, at

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