Play, Q&A about sexual assault set in April at TCT

Published on Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:50 - Written by Danny Mogle

An East Texas sexual assault victim has written a play that dramatizes her experience. It will be presented by the East Texas Crisis Center in Tyler on April 24 as part of its observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The play is titled “Unchained Hope.”

“It will portray her (the writer’s) traumatic experience, the aftermath, and ultimately how she reclaimed her life and found hope again,” said Britney Hilbun, the center’s sexual assault program coordinator.

“Everyone involved in this production will be volunteering their time, from the actors and actresses, to the technical and artistic crew, to the director and producer,” Hilbun said in a statement to media. “We have volunteers from a variety of organizations within the community coming together to make this a very memorable and special event.

“An original musical composition and lyrics is also being written and composed to underscore the production, courtesy of a UT Tyler fine arts professor,” she said.

The dessert-theater production will include an intermission and time for attendees to enjoy coffee and desserts before the play and during intermission.

“We will conclude the production with a brief question and answer session,” Hilburn said.

“Unchained Hope” will be staged at 7 p.m. at the Tyler Civic Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The East Texas Crisis Center is a nonprofit agency that provides help, hope and healing to victims of family violence and sexual assault.