Dating abuse is a controlling pattern of negative behaviors.Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.She visited schools and talked to the kids she and Juan once were, explaining that when "kisses turn to bruises," that's not love.Instead of retreating, hiding her damaged face from the world, she turned it toward the cameras to advocate for better laws to protect teens from the abusers who hunted and threatened them.The classic "Death and the Maiden" features a woman taking vengeance on a sadistic captor for her torture and rape in an unnamed Latin America country.Still, Rivas didn't want to write another "Extremities," the 1980s revenge fantasy that unfolds in the living room of a farmhouse in middle-of-nowhere New Jersey where a woman named Marjorie subdues her would-be rapist Raul with bug killer, trusses him up and stuffs him in her fireplace."What's the most important line in that speech for you? "One line you really wanted to make sure that everyone in the room - everyone in the world - could hear? It might be when Ruiz says that he never meant to harm anyone. "What I said to them was, 'This is something that I would love to see done across the country - at different theaters everywhere,' " Rivas said.As Dissell reported in numerous follow-up pieces, in the years since the attack, Orozco, not content to merely survive, became an educator and activist.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tania Benites, who plays Johanna Orozco in the new play that opens at Cleveland Public Theatre on Friday, May 29, sits in a hospital bed listening to voice-mail messages. Where: CPT's Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland. The first is from a teacher at Lincoln West High School, asking the 18-year-old senior about some missing homework.
"The only positive that came out of this is that she's alive - that's it," she told him. Chu plays multiple roles, including Gus Chan, the Plain Dealer photographer who worked alongside reporter Rachel Dissell to chronicle Orozco's inspirational journey.
Afterward, Orozco, who had accompanied the playwright to the meeting, cried from frustration. Rivas wasn't out to exploit the violence of the crime or to mine that story for its salacious details or operating-room gore. We need to talk about sexual and domestic violence in the open, Rivas said - "and not just in the Latino community." There aren't many plays that deal with the subject, at least not set in America: The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Ruined" dealt with the rape and sexual abuse of women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
The goal of the abuser is to establish power over, and control of, the other person.
Dating abuse crosses all age groups, races, cultures, religions, educational and employment backgrounds.
Later, they run through a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines moment in the script - the September 2007 sentencing of Ruiz, when then-Judge Timothy Mc Ginty sent the 17-year-old to prison for 27 years. "It's almost like, that's the best he could do, right? "It's all still about From left: Johanna Orozco (with son Malcolm) and Plain Dealer reporter Rachel Dissell (and daughter Willa) tour Gordon Square Theatre in the summer of 2014 to see the space that will house "Johanna: Facing Forward." The world-premiere play is based on Dissell's 2007 series about Orozco's inspiring journey of courage and recovery and Orozco's journals. ' " The playwright reached out to the reporter on New Year's Day 2014, almost seven years after the stories were published.