Arts for Awareness:”A Mutual Onus” Premieres Across the Country!

Cathy Foxhoven

PAVE partner and AAUW organizer Cathy Foxhoven has written a wonderful play, A Mutual Onus to help raise awareness and Shatter the Silence. A Mutual Onus is a compilation of monologues about real women and their continued suffering in developing countries as well as here in the United States. The play premieres tonight, Saturday March 10th in Burlingame, California AND is also available for YOU to purchase and perform on your high school or college campus or in your community. Proceeds from the sale go to benefit PAVE. Please read the article below  from Cathy Foxhoven about how you can get involved in A Mutual Onus:

What is a mutual onus? The definition of onus is a burden or an obligation — a duty. Mutual means shared.

One of my dear friends from AAUW, Diane Silven, gave me a copy of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide for Christmas two years ago. I began reading it and found it so disturbing that I couldn’t read it at night — it was hard to sleep. I could only read it while traveling on Caltrain to teach in San Francisco.

The stories of global women’s issues were so powerful, and once I finished the book, I knew that I couldn’t ignore their plight. I had to do more than make a donation. I had to tell those stories in the only way I could — through the power of theater. It became an onus, and I needed to share this responsibility with others.

A Mutual Onus is a compilation of monologues about real women and their continued suffering in developing countries as well as here in the United States. You might recognize their stories from news sources — only the names have been changed to protect the subjects’ identities.

It is hard to imagine that such cruelty could be inflicted upon anyone, but there is hope and help because of international outcries.

You have the opportunity to help these women and girls by seeing this production live on March 10 at 1 p.m. at the Burlingame Library in Burlingame, California, or on April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No advance tickets are necessary. There is a suggested donation of $10.

The play is available for other AAUW branches to perform — in exchange for donations to two organizations that are helping give these women hope and a future: 34 Million Friends, which provides maternal health care, and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, which raises awareness that we don’t need to suffer silently when we have been sexually violated. We hope that you will generously support the work of these groups.

This post was written by Cathy Foxhoven, AAUW of California program director. Foxhoven has more than 35 years of experience as a professional actor and singer in films, prime time television, soap operas (The Young and the Restless), commercials, voiceovers, radio dramas, print work, and theatre in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio. She is currently a professor at Academy of Arts University in the Motion Pictures and Television Department.


  1. Jim Beacht says:

    My wife, Lynn, and I are board members of the Childhelp Wasatch Chapter of Utah; I recently was speaking with Robyn Sax of Los Angeles who gave me this website and told me about the play that you all produced and performed in Burlingame, CA. My question to you is to find out if there is a copy that I can optain of the play or a DVD of the play?

    Our chapter president, Eve Foussard, is also a former entertainer so we are thinking that doing something along this same line would be of great benefit here in our area for making people aware of who we are and what our mission is. Can you help me?

    Jim Beacht

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jim,
      Thank you so much for your interest. The play is in the process of being transcribed in an easier format. A DVD of the performance as well as a documentary about the making of the play are also in production. Everything should be available for purchase by the end of April/ Early may. We will make it available in the “Store” tab, please check back then. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at or give us a call at 877-399-1346. Thanks for your efforts to Shatter The Silence!

  2. Carlee says:

    Pleasing you should think of smoheting like that

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