Woman recasts month of attack with screenplay

Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 21:13 - Written by Coshandra Dillard, cdillard@tylerpaper.com


Every April for the past 12 years, Tanna Barrett-Page struggled with the memory of being sexually assaulted, but she’s turned that memory into a body of work that she hopes helps others heal.

Using words from her journal, the 33-year-old wrote a screenplay, “Hope Unchained,” to be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tyler Civic Theater, 400 Rose Park Drive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

East Texas Crisis Center will hold the dessert theater community event to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Around the 19th, 20th of April, the weekend I was attacked, it’s almost as if it’s a memorial,” Ms. Barrett-Page said. “April is a hard month.”

Throughout the past two years, Ms. Barrett-Page sought counseling with East Texas Crisis Center.

Sexual assault counselor Britney Hilbun said she helped Ms. Barrett-Page channel the feelings experienced during the month into something positive.

“I challenged her to reframe April,” she said. “Make it mean something.”

“Hope Unchained” tells the story of someone who is no longer held captive by their pain.

“I have learned a lot in that time and I’m very thankful,” Ms. Barrett-Page said. “I’m growing and learning with the crisis center. I’ve learned there is a purpose for everything. I’m taking what I have learned, put it on stage for others to draw hope and healing from it as well.”

This is not Ms. Barrett-Page’s first run in the performing arts. She acted in school and church plays. Her father has written screenplays as well.

“Hope Unchained” also will be performed at Crossroads Community Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

To read more about Ms. Barrett-Page’s journey, see her story in Sunday’s Discover section.



What: Hope Unchained presented by East Texas Crisis Center

When/Where: doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Tyler Civic Center, 400 Rose Park Drive; 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 13730 Texas Highway 155.

Cost: Free admission. To RSVP for Thursday’s event, call 903-509-2526 or email cssec@etcc.org.