Red Rocks Community College News Release

Red Rocks Community College
News Release
Contact: Leonard Madrid
February 18, 2012          


Scars: Breaking the Cycle
OPENS MARCH 14, 2013; Tours in the Metro: March 29 - April 28, 2013

Decisions are the fabric of life, woven into every aspect that we experience on our journey as we strive to live in this world.  Former offenders, who have done their time, paid their dues to society and sincerely seek to turn their lives around, are confronted with changing themselves inside and out.  They face the challenge of breaking the cycle.

Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance Department, in collaboration with the RRCC College Gateway program, the Denver Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Terry Stevinson family, presents Scars: Breaking the Cycle, beginning March 14,2013 at Red Rocks Community College.

This unique theatre production is based on real-life experiences of Red Rocks Community College Gateway students. According to Catherine Lachman, Director, the Gateway Program is “designed to reduce recidivism and provide positive outcomes for individuals involved with the criminal justice system.”  Part of the healing process for Gateway participants is to write about their personal struggles as well as their triumphs.  Based upon these writings, this ensemble-based theatre production recreates and narrates these tragic events and the ‘scars’ that are left behind.

Written by Red Rocks Community College faculty, Connie J. Sander and Pamela Jamruszka Mencher; and directed by Connie J. Sander, Scars: Breaking the Cycle, explores the pain and dysfunction that is passed down from one generation to the next until someone has the courage to break the cycle. The play also examines the idea of “society’s throw-away people” and how Gateway has helped students rebuild their lives.

After a two-week performance run at Red Rocks Community College, Scars: Breaking the Cycle will tour the Denver Metro area and be presented with community partners: The LIDA Project (April 13), D.L. Parsons Theatre at the Northglenn Recreation Center (March 29), Curious Theatre (April 2), Westside Live! Presents and the Jefferson Unitarian Church (April 19), Community College of Aurora (April 12), Community College of Denver (April 20), Arapahoe Community College (April 25), One Night Stand Theatre Company (December 9, 2012) and in an undisclosed state correctional facility.

Scars: Breaking the Cycle runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights:  March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rocks Community College.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students.  Admission is free for RRCC Students with a current ID.  The play contains adult language and mature content and is not recommended for audiences under the age of 16 without parental consent.

For more information and reservations contact Leonard Madrid at 303-914-6458 or

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Since 1969 Red Rocks Community College has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates and serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. For more information, please visit