Killeen: Playwright sheds light on domestic violence, personal story

A personal story for a local playwright and director is taking center stage this weekend in Killeen.

Kerry-Ann Frazier, the writer and director of “Shattered Pieces,” is shedding light on domestic violence and its effect on families including children. In telling the story, she is also opening up about her own experience.

“I felt that it was time to really educate the community on a dark secret behind closed doors that often time’s professionals go through but they don’t really have a voice or method to tell that story,” she said.

It’s a dark secret that many suffer in silence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million people annually are affected by domestic violence.

The topic of domestic violence is also bringing the cast of “Shattered Pieces” together – each sharing their own personal history.

Willam Moleon plays the lead character in the play. He says growing up, seeing abuse and domestic violence was part of his culture.

Now, he’s bringing awareness about domestic violence.

“It’s not just a name. There is actually signs, things you can look for, cause you to see. I don’t want my son to go through that, my daughter to go through that,” Moleon said.

LaToscha Sherman, who plays the protagonist’s best friend, says she hopes everyone understands there is a responsibility to help someone that may be experiencing violence in their relationships.

“Responsibility lies on all of us as a community to be a support and listening ear for someone going through that,” she said.

The stage play is also putting a spotlight on the often silent topic of domestic violence.

“By having a stage play, now people are going to see it. Kids and people are going to be aware of it. We need to have community awareness with domestic violence,” said Tina Capito, board president of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

Frazier says she hopes “Shattered Pieces” brings more awareness about domestic violence.

“I truly hope it can help someone in the community,” she added.

“Shattered Pieces” is showing on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Killeen Arts & Activity Center. More information can be found at the link posted on this page.

— KWTX

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