Play to shine spotlight on domestic violence

Domestic violence will take center stage in Miramar in March with the live stage production of “Battered But Not Broken.”

South Florida actors will perform at the Miramar Cultural Center: at 3 and 8 p.m. March 1. Tickets cost $25 to $39.50.

West Virginia playwright Cynthia Wilson, who wrote the play after her niece was killed in a domestic violence incident, said the production is designed to “help other women, men and children suffering in silence.” It's about a girl who grows up among domestic violence and later falls victim herself.

After several showings in her home state, Wilson decided to take “Battered But Not Broken” on a national tour, but with actors and directors local to the attending community to save on lodging, travel and other costs.


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Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis said she hopes “Battered But Not Broken” brings awareness to a deadly issue that has affected her community for years. A number of domestic violence incidents, including the 2012 disappearance of resident Vilet Torrez, have made headlines in Miramar.

“I cannot in the position that I hold sit back and not try to do something to help bring awareness, and so when the playwright approached me, I was immediately drawn to the production,” said Davis, who is co-sponsoring the production by lending her name to its promotion.

Jevon White, the Greenacres-based director leading the South Florida cast of nearly 20 actors, said directing the local production was a personal mission.

“I witnessed domestic violence as a child, seeing my mother go through it. Thank God she was able to get out of it,” White said. “I was too young to fight back then, so I feel this is a way for me to fight back by ministering to people through my gift in the arts.”

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If you go

What: "Battered But Not Broken"

When: 3 and 8 p.m. March 1 

Where: Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place

Cost: $25-$39.50

Info: MiramarCulturalCenter.org, 954-602-4500