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"Battered But Not Broken"
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Civic Center Little Theater
TICKETS: $26.50 and $31.50
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Battered But Not Broken" deals with domestic violence, but it's much more than a play on the subject, said director Shelly Garrett.
"It's an inspirational stage production. There's singing in it, a lot of comedy, and drama."
The play, written by Charleston resident Cynthia Wilson makes its world premiere at the Civic Center Little Theater Friday. The three performances this weekend are the only ones in Charleston; starting in late September, the production will begin a national tour that's set to run through May.
"Cynthia was very adamant about starting the show in Charleston because she's the hometown girl. That's her city," he said.
However, he added, "We absolutely will not be coming back to Charleston."
Garrett's theater career has spanned 26 years and 18 plays, including his most successful, "Beauty Shop," which has generated a number of sequels. He became involved in "Battered" after being contacted by Wilson's camp.
The subject matter resonated with him because his mother was a victim of domestic violence. Wilson was also abused, and her niece, Na'lisha Gravely, was 19 when, in 2008, her boyfriend shot her to death as she hid from him in a West Side Taco Bell.
The play is the story of a woman who grew up seeing her mother abused and later becomes a victim of domestic violence herself. Unlike her mother, though, she finds the strength to leave the relationship.
"It goes through the whole thing about how she did it. It's very, very dramatic. It will make you put your hand over your mouth and gasp."
Be warned, it will also get some audience members even more involved than that.