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SECOND TUESDAY PRESENTS “THE INHERITANCE OF SHAME” WITH PETER GAJDICS AND SCOTT DAVIS
March 12, 7:00 pm-9:00 pmFree
Join Peter Gajdics, author of the memoir “The Inheritance of Shame” and director Scott Davis for an intimate discussion about the play adaptation of the memoir of the same name which discusses Gajdics’ personal experiences in a conversion therapy treatment center.
“The Inheritance of Shame” details the six years Gajdics spent in a form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdics was under the authority of a dominating, rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients, in part, by creating and exploiting a false sense of family. Juxtaposed against his parents’ tormented past—his mother’s incarceration and escape from a communist concentration camp in post-World War II Yugoslavia, and his father’s upbringing as an orphan in war-torn Hungary—Gajdics’ story explores the universal themes of childhood trauma, oppression and intergenerational pain. Told over a period of decades, the book shows us the damaging repercussions of conversion therapy and reminds us that resilience, compassion and the courage to speak the truth exist within us all.
- Howard Williams