Arts For A Cause
7:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Woodlawn Theater Raising Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.

The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit  organizations.

“The Bexar County Family Justice Center has an annual fundraiser, and this is a proposition that they came to the Woodlawn Theater and asked us if we would be willing to produce a show,” said Woodlawn Spokesman Robby Vance.

The Bexar County Family Justice Center collaborates with 40 other organizations to provide services to victims of domestic violence. It works closely with the District Attorney’s Office, and the D.A.’s Chief of Family Violence, Catherine Babbitt, happens to be the leading lady in the Woodlawn production.

“I hope this continues to raise awareness for a problem that is still very prevalent, not only in San Antonio, but in the world,” Babbitt said.

The leading man, State District Judge Philip Kazen says he’s seen a change in domestic violence since the center opened in 2005.    

“You know, it’s interesting. I think that probably what’s different today is that people are more aware of it and more willing to talk about it and more willing to address the issue. And that is great,” Kazen said.

Both Babbitt and Kazen have almost 25 years’ experience in the theater – something both enjoy when not playing the heavy roles of jurist and prosecutor.

The show begins this weekend and runs through Feb. 24 at the Woodlawn Theater.