A collaboration between Rhodessa Jones with Women's HIV Program UCSF & The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. When Did Your Hands Become a Weapon? is a prescient call to action in perfect alignment with the issues surrounding the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment of women. This project is a major departure from previous theatrical spectacles focusing on these issues, heralding a new model of care that allows women to heal from past abuse and prevent further trauma.
Formidable theater artist Rhodessa Jones of Cultural Odyssey, which is her company—now 40 years old—with musician Idris Ackamoor, stages this multidisciplinary work comprising dance, storytelling and music (composed by Ackamoor). It explores women’s issues and is drawn from material generated through her Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, in which she works with women who’ve been imprisoned plus those in city jails.