Photo by Scott Tsuchitani

Photo by Scott Tsuchitani


“Searing… powerful enough to crack the cement floor and walls of a back room at The FLAX building in Oakland.”
Lou Fancher, East Bay Express

“Poetic, eloquent, passionate, deeply heartfelt and heartbreaking... a vital and direct force for good.”
Sam Hurwitt, East Bay Times

“Your default picture of a person who is sold for sex melts away. In its place is an infant cradled in someone’s arms — or one that at least ought to be."
Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle


A number of performances were followed by conversations with local anti-trafficking advocates and activists:

Fri, Aug 2:
Nola Brantley (Nola Brantley Speaks)

Sun, Aug 4:
Sharan Dhanoa (South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking)

Dr. Ayodele Nzinga (Founder, Black Arts Movement Business District Community Development Corporation, Creative Director, Lower Bottom Playaz)

Fri, Aug 9:
Nicia De’Lovely (Nicia De’Lovely Presents)

Sat, Aug 10:
Sarai Mazariegos (S.H.A.D.E. Movement)

Sun, Aug 11:
Regina Evans (Art meets social justice talkback)

52 letters

August 2-25, 2019

written and performed by Regina Evans
vocals by Rashida Chase

We are proud to present a new performance series of the award-winning 52 Letters, highlighting the local realities of human trafficking, written and performed by Regina Evans (Regina’s Door), with vocals by Rashida Chase.

California is the U.S. state most affected by human trafficking —and Oakland is a national hub for underage sex trafficking. In 52 Letters (Winner, Best of SF Fringe Festival 2013), Oakland artist and activist Regina Evans combines poetry and Negro spirituals into a deeply moving experience that brings to light the realities of young Americans caught in modern-day slavery.

52 Letters is not a traditional play. It is a ritual of truth. A ceremony of awareness. A prayer of activation on behalf of the beloved children caught in sex trafficking. They are somebody’s baby. They are somebody’s child. And they are ours to love.


City of Oakland Cultural Fund
JKW Foundation
RHE Foundation

Production Sponsors

Freedom Story
Seek and Save
S.H.A.D.E. Movement
Claire’s House
Nicia De’Lovely Presents
Nola Brantley Speaks
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC)
Mamacitas Cafe
House Full Of Black Women

Fri, Aug 16:
Leah Kimble-Price
(Claire’s House)

Sat, Aug 17:
Leo Mercer (Mercer Brotherhood)

Sun, Aug 18:
Xenia St. Charles (Regina’s Door)
Benita Hopkins (Generations United)

Thu, Aug 22:
Venus L. Morris (Melanated ACT)

Fri, Aug 23:
Jennifer Lyle (MISSSEY)

Sat, Aug 24:
Brian Wo (Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition)

Sun, Aug 25:
Kelly Paschal-Hunter (MISSSEY)

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