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Strong Enough to be Vulnerable | Newcity Stage
By Kevin Greene On a muggy night in July, forty or so people gather in the rehearsal room at Victory Gardens Theater. It is a larger group than anticipated given the number of chairs set out. The circle expands to accommodate the crowd. Without much fanfare, the meeting gets under way. This is the first official gathering of Not In Our House (NIOH) since the publication of the Chicago Reader article that exposed a disturbing string of abuses allegedly perpetrated by Darrell Cox, artistic director of the recently closed Profiles Theatre. NIOH's origin story is as innocuous as it is inspiring. In late January of 2015, Chicago-based actor Lori Myers posted a status on Facebook in which she addressed her disappointment with the ongoing "sexual exploitation concerning young women in our theatre community." She asked, "If your friend, sister, daughter or coworker was working under a sexual predator—what would you do about it?" The post attracted hundreds of comments, telephone calls, emails