Photo by Scott Tsuchitani

Photo by Scott Tsuchitani

Please note: Online sales close at 11am the day of each performance. Walk-up tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis at the door for every show.


AUGUST 2–25          
Thursday, 8/22, 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays, 7pm
Sundays: 8/4 & 8/11, 7pm
Sundays: 8/18 & 8/25, 2pm

Tickets: $15-45 online, pay-what-you-can at door


The FLAX Building
1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94612


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.

Heart Advisory: 52 Letters carries waves of grief and sorrow. Please be attentive to your heart. Consider.


A number of performances will be 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)

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)

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

Sat, Aug 17:
Pastor Mark Fisher
(Seek and Save)

Sun, Aug 18:
Xenia St. Charles (Regina’s Door)

Thu, Aug 22:
Amba Johnson (DreamCatcher Youth Services)

Fri, Aug 23:
Jennifer Lyle (MISSSEY)

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

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

Dates for additional speakers, including Amber McZeal (House Full of Black Women), will be added as they are confirmed.

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