Local Playwright Debut Unique Stories
Teresa Beasley with Authors & Readers Book Corner steps into an intimate setting at the Unleavened Bread Café preparing to be entertained. It was packed with friendly faces and polite conversations until… the lights turn down and the play begins. The atmosphere changes as the reality and depths of these seven women’s lives are revealed. The audience is held captive and emotionally connected to the hurt, pain, and suffering, which makes them acknowledge that life, should not be this hard.
What Doesn’t Kill Us, Only Makes Us Stronger is a play of several short stories of women who struggle with different issues in their lives. These are issues that have been kept secret and now theses women seek help to uncover and rid themselves of their heavy burdens. The play covers an array of issues from an absent father, verbally abusive grandmother, sexual abuse, breast cancer, abortion, and domestic violence. These issues play out in powerful segments only allowing the audience a short time to prepare for the next shocking revelation.
What Doesn’t Kill Us, Only Makes Us Stronger will tug at the heartstrings of everyone who sees it. It will also bring forth emotions of anger, frustration and the need to save these women from their pain. Nicole Kearney’s work speaks volume in this unique play that everyone can relate to. The characters and scenes were well-developed with a cast that portrayed each character with outstanding abilities. The audience could feel what the characters felt as if they are on the journey with them.
JaTuan Tiara gives a convincing and a heart wrenching performance in her role as Shannon in “Breaking Free.” Michaela Duerson gives defiance, stubborn and “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar” in her performance of Janelle in “Choices.” If you did not get a chance to see the play open night be sure to catch encore performances on March 29, 2014 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. This is a play you do not want to miss.
Until next time,