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"Battered but not Broken"
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.
COST: $25 Thursday; $19.50, $27.50 and $34.50 Friday and Saturday
INFO: 304-610-1143 or www.milkywayproductions.netCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For Grammy-winning singer Ann Nesby, taking part in Charleston resident Cynthia Wilson's play "Battered but not Broken" was a no-brainer. The play, which comes to the Capitol Center Theater Dec. 6-8, revolves around the issue of domestic violence, and Nesby, who led the contemporary gospel group Sounds of Blackness for eight years before pursuing a solo career in 1996, is an advocate for abused women.
"My platform has been about being an assistant and giving help to women who have been battered," said Nesby, calling from her home in Atlanta.
"Even though you're battered and abused, either physically or mentally, you can always bounce back. There is life after abuse. You have to have courage; you have to take the first step to admit it and get help."
Also, though she has personally never been a victim, Nesby has been affected by domestic violence. Her aunt was abused, and as her cousins grew up, they too became involved in abusive relationships.
"As a young girl, I watched [my aunt] go through all the different stages of being abused: denying the fact, trying to hide the bruises, almost coming to the point of death before realizing this is a no-win situation and it's time to move on.
"[My cousins] followed in her same footsteps as opposed to going in the opposite direction," she said. "This play constitutes the same idea -- that as opposed to going away from it, we sometimes perpetuate it, unaware, to our daughters or other people that it's OK. And it's not OK."
In Wilson's play, first staged in Charleston in late August, the main character, Justina, grows up seeing her mother abused and later becomes a victim of domestic violence herself. However, unlike her mother, she finds the strength to leave the relationship.