WICKED LOCAL.com – Emotionally stirring stories about domestic abuse survivors are told in the new documentary play, “No More Secrets,” curated by Scituate playwright and director Lisa Rafferty.
The material is heavy, but Rafferty assures the play is definitely not a downer. “It’s beyond inspirational. The play represents voices of women who feel strong, renewed and resilient.”
Subtitled “Survivor Voices from the Second Step,” the play will be presented at the 26th annual Celebrating Success Gala, March 28 at Boston Marriott Newton. It is based on a book of first-person accounts written by women and teenagers from The Second Step, a nonprofit that offers services to survivors of domestic abuse. Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik is the event’s spotlight honoree and member of the Second Step advisory board.
“Joyce felt these stories needed to be told and to live on in other ways,” Rafferty said of the play’s genesis.
Rafferty took the material in the book and combined it with additional interviews and voices and crafted it into a documentary play.
“In the play there’s scenes involving children of survivors or children who have grown up dealing with this,” Rafferty said. “That’s powerful stuff.”
Rafferty has other documentary plays addressing social issues to her credit, including “The Legacy Of Welles Remy Crowther: The Man in the Red Bandanna,” chronicling the story of a 9/11 hero and “Finish Line: The Untold Stories of the 2013 Boston Marathon,” is an honest and raw play about Boston’s darkest day.
Rafferty, a theater teacher at Bridgewater State University, also wrote the comedy “Pink River Overdose” and her three “MOMologues” shows have appeared in five countries. Rafferty is also working on a full-length production about former first lady Betty Ford, who would have turned 100 on April 8.
A cast of well-known Boston actors will perform “No More Secrets” next week. The ensemble will play multiple roles and use verbatim transcripts to convey each person’s story.
That’s what she said she experienced preparing the play.
“Collectively, our emotional bandwith is exhausted. On the one hand, working on play about survivors of domestic violence would perpetuate that fatigue, but it does the opposite. It crystallized for me a hope of what we can overcome … these women inspire me.”
The Celebrating Success Gala starts at 6 p.m. March 28, at Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. Tickets are $300, a table of eight seats is $2,500. www.thesecondstep.org.
By Dana Barbuto