Red Rocks Community College News Release

Red Rocks Community College
News Release
More information: Kim Rein
November 20, 2012          


RRCC Theatre and Gateway Program Present Scars: Breaking the Cycle
Performance is a dramatization of real-life stories by students

Lakewood, CO - Red Rocks Community College presents the fourth annual theatrical performance of Scars. The one-night performance will be on December 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the college’s Lakewood campus, 13300 W. 6th Avenue (west end, lower level).  The thought-provoking production features essays of life stories written by students who have faced serious challenges in their pasts and are working on a fresh-start.

The play is written by the Red Rocks Community Theatre Department’s Pamela Mencher and Connie Sander. “Scars: Breaking the Cycle” is based on real experiences of RRCC Gateway students. These students have been through the Colorado prison system, and the program helps them to adapt to the outside world and begin college courses. The RRCC Gateway Program is unique; in fact, it is the only program of its type in the nation.

Scars tells Gateway’s real-life stories of tragedy and redemption in a dramatic theatrical setting. This special one-night show will be performed at RRCC’s theater in Lakewood and will feature a talkback session after the reading for the audience to comment on the play. Red Rocks will be putting “Scars” into full production with multiple showings in 2013.

“Scars: More than Skin Deep explores the pain and dysfunction that is passed down from one generation to the next until someone has the courage to stop the cycle,” said Connie J. Sander, cowriter of this year’s presentation of Scars.  “These Gateway participants are trying to do just that. After an early life of pain they still seek the responsibility, education, and hope that it takes to build a new life.”

Tickets are $7 and can be bought from the RRCC theatre box office.  The play contains adult language and mature content and is not appropriate for audiences under the age of 16.  Space is limited and reservations are recommended for large parties. For more information and reservations contact Leonard Madrid at 303-914-6458 or

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.


Scars: Breaking the Cycle