John Jerome and I have been friends now since 2003, when we met. It was an instant friendship that has grown steadily. We are now engaged in a collaborative effort - to complete and to promote our mutual and individual projects, which are:
1. Arturo's Window, co-written by myself and Rod Menzies, based on material contributed by John Jerome
2. Remembering With Hope, co-written by John Jerome and Betsy Gilbert
3. WOCHA, Women of Color Health Awareness, which is currently an information website that will soon be a nonprofit organization. John Jerome is the founder, spokesman and a member of the advisory board. I am the treasurer.
John and I communicate on a regular basis on all these projects, and we read the blogs daily (except for holidays).
Lately we have been responding to some questions presented on the blogs.
John has also been responding to some emails sent to him via the websites.
These emails are growing in number, and though he would like to respond to them all, he does not have the time.
We are creating FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) pages for all three sites that will address some of the more typical questions we are getting.
John is not yet a social worker and is not a licensed therapist, so there are some questions that he will not answer. Instead, he will refer people to professionals who can help, and who can be relied on to be discreet.
We will NOT be answering questions that will be covered in the play or the book. You'll have to either buy the book or see the play to get those answers. That makes sense, right?
We WILL be answering questions like where to get help with:
1. HIV, Hep C and STD testing
2. Domestic abuse issues
3. Sexual abuse issues
In other pages on this website, you can find information about the play, my co-writer Rod Menzies, our lyricist/composer, John Mercurio, and other items of interest. I am creating this page to address questions that have been coming up on the blogs on this site, the Remembering With Hope book site, and the WOCHA site (Women of Color Health Awareness).
But in the cases where he CAN answer, he will try to, either in person or on the FAQ. Sometimes he may decide that I could give a better answer to a question, due to my being a woman, or being straight, or simply having a different history from which to respond.
When it comes to abuse, both emotional and sexual, John does not claim a monopoly.
My solo show "not a nice girl" deals with those issues. (You can get more info about that by clicking the cheryl king productions button)
John and I have much in common, and these days it includes our powerful interest in these websites, and the discussions they are provoking.
I hope you will read the FAQ pages, after we get them up, and that you'll let us know how we can improve them, or if they help you at all.
Thanks so much for your passionate interest,